Medicine: Better Odds on Youngsters

The health of U.S. children has never been better. The death rate of children (age i to 14) is at a record low. The Metropolitan Life Insurance Co. reports that in the past 15 years the child death rate has dropped 60% (see chart).

Said the report: "Life has become much safer for children." Despite depression and war, deaths from disease and accident have dropped from 270 per 100,000 (1930) to 107 per 100,000 (1946).

Doctors give part of the credit to penicillin and other new drugs; e.g., deaths from pneumonia, 1930's big killer of...

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