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June 21, 1958


JAMA. 1958;167(8):996-997. doi:10.1001/jama.1958.02990250068011

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DEATH is associated with birth and being born in the United States more often than it is with any disease except heart disease, cancer, and cerebral hemorrhage." With this Dr. Martha M. Eliot introduces her paper ( see this issue, page 945), on Deaths Around Birth —The National Score. Accompanying Dr. Eliot's paper is one by Drs. Baumgartner and Pakter "assessing the local situation" and a third by Drs. Verhoestraete and Puffer presenting "a world view." The significance of the above quoted statement is attracting the attention of many in the medical and public health research field. Dr. Eliot expresses the tragedy involved in this loss of life as well as in the morbidity that too often accompanies child bearing and being born. The morbidity, or aftermath as it is sometimes called, is represented by the survival of infants with such conditions as cerebral palsy, epilepsy, mental retardation, and congenital malformations.

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