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November 24, 1906


JAMA. 1906;XLVII(21):1744. doi:10.1001/jama.1906.02520210052008

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A mother having with tears told Dr. Osler that it had pleased Providence to take her baby from her, he responded that it was unfair to blame Providence, who had had nothing at all to do with the matter, and said: "It was bad milk that killed your baby." Of late years the mortality of infancy and early childhood has been decidedly diminished, at least in New York. In that city in 1881 the death rate from diarrheal diseases among children under 5 was 33.3 to the 1,000; in 1905 it was 14.9 to the 1,000. In the latter year, during the three months following June 10, the mortality from the same cause and under the same age limit was 4,086; this year in the corresponding period the deaths were 3,662. Unquestionably we must thank "cleaner milk" for the saving in 1905 of many, if not all, of these 20

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