Infant mortality in Yonkers during the early nineties was increasing at a greater ratio than the growth of the city. The deaths were at the maximum in July and August, and the chief causes of death were the various forms of digestive disorders. If this unnecessary waste of infant life had been allowed to go on unchecked it would have assumed alarming proportions. Two thoughtful men, one a physician, the other a layman, considered the subject and decided to take some steps to reduce the mortality. In 1893 the Nathan Strauss Milk Dispensary was opened in New York, and it was deemed a wise move to establish a similar dispensary in Yonkers, and in consequence the Milk Dispensary of St. John's Riverside Hospital was opened in 1894 and has been in operation during the summer months every year since with the exception of the summer of 1904, when it seemed
GETTY SE. INFANT MORTALITY IN THE SUMMER MONTHS.METHODS ADOPTED IN YONKERS FOR ITS REDUCTION AND THE RESULTS.. JAMA. 1908;L(13):1008–1011. doi:10.1001/jama.1908.25310390006002
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