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September 24, 1927


JAMA. 1927;89(13):1075-1076. doi:10.1001/jama.1927.02690130063029

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Causes of Infant Mortality  Infant mortality no longer attains a "summer peak," but, instead, a distinct increase of deaths in winter in children under 1 year of age is observed. This marked change, as Professor Schlossmann of Düsseldorf has recently brought out in the Klinische Wochenschrift, is becoming constantly more apparent. In 1925 in the government district of Düsseldorf there were 168 fewer infant deaths per 10,000 than in 1913, but of children under 1 year of age, in 1925 relatively more died than in 1913. In 1913, only a third of all infant deaths occurred during the first month; in 1925, however, almost half. With the second month of life, the mortality in 1925 dropped so rapidly, as compared with 1913, that the mortality for the year as a whole fell below that of 1913. In 1925, in spite of the fact that there were 30,499 fewer children born

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