Public Health: Infant Mortality: No Change

The Children's Bureau of the Department of Health, Education and Welfare made a disheartening announcement last week: the U.S. death rate for infants under one year of age did not improve by a single percentage point during 1962. While the U.S. figure remains stuck at 253 first-year deaths for every 10,000 births (a toll of 100,000 babies a year), other countries are cutting their death rates and outstripping the U.S.

As a result, the U.S. has dropped from tenth to eleventh place in the roster of nations as measured by baby care. In 1950, the U.S. was in sixth place....

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