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February 16, 1935

Foreign Letters

JAMA. 1935;104(7):575-580. doi:10.1001/jama.1935.02760070057023

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LONDON  (From Our Regular Correspondent)Jan. 19, 1935.

Socialist Politicians and Misleading Propaganda  The attempt of a woman's organization, "The Maternal Mortality Committee," to represent maternal mortality as connected with malnutrition due to unemployment was reported in The Journal, Dec. 8, 1934, page 1787. The members of the committee passed a resolution stating that they were deeply impressed by the reports of malnutrition among married women in areas of prolonged unemployment, and they sent a deputation to the minister of health. He replied that there was no evidence showing a close relation between malnutrition and the maternal mortality rate. Of the deaths examined, at least one half occurred among well-to-do people, and it was significant that the maternal death rate for 1933 in such a depressed area as Durham was no higher than in the relatively prosperous county of Middlesex. Nevertheless the conditions in the depressed area were such as

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