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January 9, 1960


Author Affiliations

Peter Bent Brigham Hospital 721 Huntington Ave. Boston 15.

JAMA. 1960;172(2):190. doi:10.1001/jama.1960.03020020069022

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To the Editor:—  I regret the exclusion of Dr. Montgomery's name from the acknowledgment at the conclusion of the article, but as far as the authors were informed, and that includes the co-author, Dr. Sidney Werthamer, who is on the staff of the hospital, the idea of instituting rooming-in at Paul Kimball Hospital originated among the medical staff who composed the infections committee. None of the ideas on control measures that were used at Paul Kimball was "original," I dare say. Most of them have been tried before, some with and some without success. The purpose of the article was not to report an original method for controlling newborn infant-maternal infections but rather to provide epidemiologic evidence for the failure of certain control measures and the success of rooming-in. Apologies to Dr. Sawyer for our oversight.

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