The Infant Welfare Society of Chicago operated twenty-one stations during the year 1915 in the most congested districts of the city. During the year, the organization cared for 9,313 babies, representing about one sixth of the babies born in Chicago during 1915; of these 9,313 babies, 320 died, making the death rate 3.4 per cent. For various reasons twenty of the cases were not available, so that only 300 of the cases could be tabulated. As we have no complete birth registration in Chicago, it is very difficult to determine how effective our work is in reducing infant mortality. We have undertaken to analyze our results from a number of angles, in order to determine how our work might be improved to save even a larger percentage of those infants entrusted to our care.
Just a word in explanation of the type of work done in an infant welfare station.
HELMHOLZ HF, HOFFMANN W. AN ANALYSIS OF THE MORTALITY FOR 1915 IN THE INFANT WELFARE STATIONS OF CHICAGO. JAMA. 1916;LXVII(22):1567–1569. doi:10.1001/jama.1916.02590220009003
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