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Sir.—Regarding the otherwise eloquent editorial "Continuing Challenges in Reduction of Neonatal Mortality" by Avery and Wise (Journal 1983;137:321-322), I doubt that either Maine or Mississippi will accept a ten-fold error in reporting their infant mortalities, which are 8.7 per 1,000 live births and 15.9 per 1,000 live births, respectively.
BUTTERFIELD LJ. Infant Mortality. Am J Dis Child. 1983;137(11):1130. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1983.02140370086031
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