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June 6, 1908

The Common Sense of The Milk Question.

JAMA. 1908;L(23):1922. doi:10.1001/jama.1908.02530490050024

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This work is addressed to the intelligent laity and considers the question of milk from the standpoint of the infant mortality that depends to so large an extent on the use of impure milk as an infant food. The reasons for the modern increased interest in the welfare of the child the author finds largely in the economic importance of children in consequence of the diminishing birth rate. The essential argument of society is seen to be that since an insufficient number of children are born it is necessary to take better care of those we have, and in this idea is seen an interesting explanation of the fact that in France, where the birth rate is lowest, there is the greatest solicitude and the most advanced methods of caring for the children. The author finds the reason for the lessened birth rate not in the voluntary devotion to fashion,

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