To the Editor.—I read with great interest the article by Dweck et al in the July issue of the Journal (126:28, 1973). From a historical standpoint impressions that we reached in a study published 40 years ago, without the aid of sophisticated diagnostic equipment and capabilities, concerning 18 infants graduated from the Michael Reese Hospital Premature Infant Station, should be of interest to the above authors.
On the basis of our findings among 13 children who are living, the prognosis for surviving a birth or low weight of less than 1,000 gm appears to be favorable in respect to physical and mental development in at least 50 percent of the cases.1
KUNSTADTER RH. Early Development of the Tiny Premature Infant. Am J Dis Child. 1974;127(2):295. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1974.02110210145025