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May 29, 1937

Foreign Letters

JAMA. 1937;108(22):1901-1904. doi:10.1001/jama.1937.02780220059018

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LONDON  (From Our Regular Correspondent)April 30, 1937.

The Prevention of Maternal Mortality  The fact that while the general and the infant mortalities have been considerably diminishing the maternal mortality does not improve has exercised the government and the health authorities for some time. The Ministry of Health has had a special investigation into maternal mortality made by its medical officers, with the assistance of Sir Comyns Berkeley in a consultative capacity. For investigation forty-five areas were elected where maternal mortality has been more than 5 per thousand live births, twelve areas where it has more than the national average of 4, and twelve where it has been below the average. The object was to see whether careful examination of the circumstances attendant on deaths would indicate further measures, including matters of environment as well as treatment, which might be taken to reduce the mortality.In a report that has

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