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April 25, 1908


JAMA. 1908;L(17):1353-1354. doi:10.1001/jama.1908.02530430037006

We had occasion about a year ago to review an admirable piece of research made in the field of public health and morals by F. Elizabeth Crowell,1 who investigated 500 of the mid-wives of New York City with special reference to their training, methods, and criminal work. The present number of The Journal2 contains the report of a similar investigation of the mid-wives of Chicago, which was carried on last summer under the supervision of Miss Crowell. The report is of great value to the people of Chicago and the city owes a debt of gratitude to the Chicago Medical Society and Hull House, under whose auspices the investigation was made, for presenting clearly and forcibly a situation which calls for instant amelioration. We are told that the Chicago Medical Society was prompted to enter on the investigation because of the evidence of criminal practices by midwives acquired