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April 16, 1932


JAMA. 1932;98(16):1378-1379. doi:10.1001/jama.1932.02730420036015

The publication of articles in lay periodicals on preventable maternal mortality and the emphasis placed on the subject because of attempts to secure increased appropriations for government bureaus interested in this field have given the subject more than usual prominence during the last few months. The article by de Kruif in the Ladies' Home Journal, referred to editorially in The Journal a few weeks ago, appealed for the establishment of more lying-in hospitals and promised control of puerperal infection by such a program. The editorial in The Journal pointed out that not all cases of puerperal mortality were by any means preventable, since there was infection from within as well as from without. Indeed, even the best of maternity hospitals will have cases of mortality from puerperal sepsis on its records.

Evidence in support of The Journal's contention now becomes available through a paper by the obstetricians J. M. Munro