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February 1925

Social Hygiene of Infancy During the First Year

Am J Dis Child. 1925;29(2):300. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1925.04120260148013

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In this volume of 146 pages, Dr. Labeaume reviews the mortality rates for different periods of the first year, in France, and points out that the different methods of calculation in the various cities and departments render these statistics almost unserviceable. She also calls attention to the delay on the part of the authorities in publishing their reports, thus preventing frequent and fair comparisons among the communities interested.

As in other countries, poverty, ignorance and neglect are the factors chiefly concerned in the relatively high death rate now prevailing in France, which was the first to adopt (1874) a comprehensive law for the protection of infants.

Notwithstanding the further development of this act, as represented by the crèches, consultation de nourrissons, gouttes de lait, cantines maternelles, etc., France has not kept pace with other countries, notably England, New Zealand and the United States, in devising means and assembling material for

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