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March 1932


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From the Children's Memorial Hospital.

Am J Dis Child. 1932;43(3):577-584. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1932.01950030047007

My subject may seem both simple and stale. And yet, to one who knows the hazards, and has on his conscience the responsibility for the conduct of an infant ward, it is never either of these. An infant mortality that, in our experience, is easily four times that of the whole Children's Memorial Hospital, and seven times that of the children beyond the age of 18 months, is a constant challenge. Some of this mortality is inevitable; there is no cure for tuberculous meningitis or congenital atresia of the esophagus. Nor is there need to be so deeply concerned if this mortality represented only the futile efforts to overcome a disease with which the child entered the hospital if there is no better way to meet the situation elsewhere. The specter of an institutional casualty, more insidious and less evident here, but far more real than elsewhere, sits always with

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