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Kotelchuck, Milton (1992). Review of Richard A. Meckels, Save the Babies: American Public Health Reform and the Prevention of Infant Mortality, 1850-1929. American Scientist, 80(2), 195-196.


Save the Babies details the history of and debates over the efforts made to reduce infant mortality in the United States from 1850 to 1929-a period that began with mortality rates of 100-150 deaths per 1,000 live births, 10 times the rate of today. The reduction of this high infant mortality rate is one of the great public-health triumphs of our century. It is a fascinating story, both in its own right and because its legacy has helped to shape debate about our options and our efforts to this very day.


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