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May 10, 1902

Puerperal Infection in Private Practice.

JAMA. 1902;XXXVIII(19):1243-1244. doi:10.1001/jama.1902.02480190049012

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Chicago, April 22, 1902.

To the Editor:  —Your editorial in The Journal of April 19 on "Puerperal Infection in Private Practice" calls attention to a very important subject and one that will bear much discussion to bring and keep it properly before the profession. A careful inspection of the mortality reports of the various city boards of health will confirm the content of your statement, which I believe is also in agreement with the impression of physicians who are particularly interested in obstetric work: that puerperal infection in private practice is still much larger than it should be and not on the decline. In your statement of the causes of this unfortunate state of obstetric practice, however, it may be that you have not dwelt with sufficient fulness nor with sufficient emphasis on the chief factors. At any rate further consideration of these factors is desirable if we expect to

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