MEXICO: One Out of Five

A Mexican Red Cross doctor's bad arithmetic caused a flurry of horror in Mexico City last week. The doctor announced that he had found that 70% of the children born in Mexico die before reaching the age of four. Later he admitted a wild error in his calculations; the actual figure was about 20%.* But one out of five, he insisted, was bad enough.

Of the million children born in Mexico in 1948, more than 110,000 died during the first year of life; another estimated 85,000 died or will die between the ages of one and four. One of the...

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