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February 5, 1938

Maternal Deaths—The Ways to Prevention

JAMA. 1938;110(6):464-465. doi:10.1001/jama.1938.02790060056033

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In 1933 the Commonwealth Fund published a monograph entitled "Maternal Mortality in New York City, A Study of All Puerperal Deaths 1930-1932." This study was intended primarily for the medical profession. Galdston has taken the data obtained from this study and has adapted it to the public. There is no doubt about the justification for such a presentation because maternal welfare is not solely a medical problem. Social and economic factors enter into it. The book is divided into chapters devoted to preventable deaths, antepartum care, the attendant at delivery, midwife practice, place of delivery, operative versus spontaneous delivery, cesarean section, anesthesia and analgesia, and abortion. In the last chapter the author discusses what can be done to bring about improvement in maternal welfare. In an appendix he discusses the community organization in Cleveland as an illustration of the type of medical organization which large communities can create to improve

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