Several of the major problems in special programs for handicapped children are the needs to devise effective methods of early case finding, of early referring for treatment and rehabilitation of high caliber, and of ongoing supervision for the necessary period of time. It has been suggested that the inclusion of specific items on the live birth certificates regarding the presence of a congenital malformation or a birth injury constitutes one method of approach to these major problems. Most of the states and some large cities have had such items on the live birth certificates for a number of years. Material from New York City will be presented to attempt to answer several questions about the use of such data:
What are some of the facts concerning the group reported on live birth certificates in New York City in 1953 and how do they compare with a similar group studied
WALLACE HM, HOENIG L, RICH H. Newborn Infants with Congenital Malformations or Birth Injuries unes. AMA Am J Dis Child. 1956;91(6):529–541. doi:https://doi.org/10.1001/archpedi.1956.02060020531002
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