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April 16, 1955


JAMA. 1955;157(16):1410. doi:10.1001/jama.1955.02950330050010

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Elsewhere in this issue (page 1384) is an article describing a new approach to the reduction of deaths in infants in hospitals. Since more infants die during the first three days of life than in the remaining 362 days of a year, there exists a grave challenge for all who are concerned with this early period in life. Progress in this field can be made only through understanding and cooperation. To achieve this, there must be a true appreciation of the real causes of death, accurate preparation of death certificates, and immediate investigation of all deaths in infants so that corrective measures can be enforced immediately to prevent more needless deaths.

In Chicago an exhaustive study was made to determine a procedure by which proper understanding and adequate control of death in early life can be attained. To obtain correct data on such deaths, a procedure was developed by which

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