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August 11, 1951

MATERNAL DEATH IN THE RURAL SOUTH: A STUDY OF FORTY-SEVEN CONSECUTIVE CASES

Author Affiliations

New Orleans

From the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Tulane University of Louisiana School of Medicine, New Orleans.

JAMA. 1951;146(15):1388-1393. doi:10.1001/jama.1951.03670150022008
Abstract

Maternal deaths under rural conditions in the South have been subjected to relatively little close scrutiny. In this study an attempt is made to assign the fundamental reasons for the South's unenviable maternal death rate by an examination of the causes of maternal deaths and the circumstances surrounding them. I do not believe that exactly such a study had been attempted before.

METHOD AND COMMENT  The period Oct. 1, 1947, to Oct. 1, 1948, was selected for study, and all the maternal deaths that occurred in a group of 30 counties in a Southern rural state in that 12 month period were the subjects of this investigation. The 30 counties will hereafter be referred to as the "project counties" and the state as the "project state" or simply "the state." The project counties are a geographic unit and are a fair sampling of economic, social and medical conditions in the

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