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June 18, 1960


JAMA. 1960;173(7):841-842. doi:10.1001/jama.1960.03020250097024

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To the Editor:—  The article in The Journal, Oct. 24, 1959, page 1072, on the control of staphylococcic infections in a maternity unit, by Farrer and others, made pleasant reading. We have been watching for such an article for five years, and so far as we know it is the first on this subject which has emphasized the part played by staff in conveying infection.For the past five years "rooming in" has been compulsory in the maternity section of the Royal Newcastle hospital. Our notion of rooming in is that the mother should take complete care of the baby from the time of birth to discharge, whether in a room or a ward. We apply this idea even to premature babies whose weight at birth is around 1,000 Gm. (2.2 lb.). As we have a follow-up clinic we are able to examine our patients after they leave hospital. In

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