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Sir.—I am confused by the discrepancy between Helen Wallace's glowing account of health care for children in the USSR (Journal 1981;135:15-17) and the editorial in the Wall Street Journal of Monday, Jan 26, 1981, that described high neonatal mortality and overall poor pediatric care in the Soviet Union. The Wall Street Journal's comment that care of children in the USSR has dropped to the level found in the third world is an assessment far different from the one Dr Wallace made of the same health-care system. I await clarification.
AUERBACK ML. Health Care for Children in the Soviet Union. Am J Dis Child. 1981;135(7):672. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1981.02130310074028