Medicine: Maternal Death

In 1929, the U. S. maternal mortality rate (69.5 per 100,000 live births) was higher than that of any large European country except Scotland. Last week in the Journal of the American Medical Association, Dr. Scott C. Runnels, secretary of the Hospital Obstetric Society of Ohio, announced that, according to the latest statistics, the U. S. maternal mortality rate had dropped 22% in the period from 1930 to 1937. Reason: more women go to hospitals for delivery now than ever before. However, added Dr. Runnels, the maternal death rate is still appallingly high in many sections of the U. S. One...

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