Pediatrics: An Infant's Cause of Death: Hyaline Membrane Disease

It was no surprise to the battery of physicians at Otis Air Force Base last week that the baby soon to be baptized Patrick Bouvier Kennedy (see THE NATION) had difficulty drawing his first breath. Like one out of every 15 U.S. babies, this one was premature, and the greater the degree of prematurity, the greater the danger that a baby's lungs will not inflate properly. Patrick also had a second strike on him: the danger of breathing difficulty is still greater for a premature baby delivered by caesarean section.

In most such cases, doctors still do not know the precise...

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