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August 1917


Am J Dis Child. 1917;14(2):80-97. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1917.01910080013002

At this time everyone is scrutinizing eagerly the experience of the foreign countries which have been at war for almost three years. In every branch of activity we are anxious that the experience of those countries shall be of service to us, in order that we may avoid the mistakes that have been made and pursue the lines of work that have proved to be successful.

In looking over the mass of material offered on such a subject as the question of what has been done in foreign countries for the protection of infancy and maternity since the war began, it is immediately evident that a great deal of the detail of the experience recorded is worthless to us, simply because the associated conditions in the foreign countries are very different from those in our country. In each country many factors in the past have influenced the development of measures