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Believing as I do that much of this disease is due to ignorance and negligence on the part of nurse or mother, and that the physician is largely to blame for the same, I purpose in these remarks to refer to some of the common mistakes of nurses that have come under my observation, and to speak of the correction of the same. The fatality of this disease, and its importance, the possibility of doing so much towards its prevention, are reasons enough for this paper being read. I think it is within the bounds of truth to say that two-thirds of the cases could be prevented if we had the power of making mothers do what is right, and of overcoming their ridiculous prejudices.
It is more evident that this subject of the causes should be considered when the failures are due to small things which only too many
SPERRY SB. PRACTICAL REMARKS ON THE CAUSES AND TREATMENT OF ENTERO-COLITIS IN INFANTS.Read in Section on Diseases of Children, at the Thirty-Eighth Annual Meeting of the American Medical Association.. JAMA. 1887;IX(15):457–459. doi:10.1001/jama.1887.02400140009001b
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