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August 24, 1912

A Statistical Survey of Infant Mortality's Urgent Call for ACTION.

JAMA. 1912;LIX(8):672. doi:10.1001/jama.1912.04270080354031

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This little monograph is a reprint of an address given at the first annual meeting in 1910 of the Association for the Study and Prevention of Infant Mortality by Mr. Edward B. Phelps, editor of the American Underwriter. The peculiar significance of this excellent address is that it was written by a non-medical man whose original interest in the subject comes through his connection with the life-insurance business. The object is to place on record and bring before the public in a simple form a convincing demonstration of the present appalling infant mortality, causing an utterly needless waste of infant life. The first important fact which Mr. Phelps emphasizes is the ignorance as to the infant mortality of the United States as a whole. As all students of this subject know, until all of our states adopt adequate vital statistics registration laws, it is impossible to arrive at anything except