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Save the Babies: American Public Health Reform and the Prevention of Infant Mortality, 1850-1929
     

Save the Babies: American Public Health Reform and the Prevention of Infant Mortality, 1850-1929

by Richard A. Meckel
 

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Today fewer than one in a hundred American babies die in infancy. But a century ago, as many as one in six did. Historian Richard Meckel analyzes the efforts of American reformers who mounted a campaign to reduce infant mortality, from its "discovery" as a social problem in the 1850s to the limited success in securing federal funding for infancy and maternity programs

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Today fewer than one in a hundred American babies die in infancy. But a century ago, as many as one in six did. Historian Richard Meckel analyzes the efforts of American reformers who mounted a campaign to reduce infant mortality, from its "discovery" as a social problem in the 1850s to the limited success in securing federal funding for infancy and maternity programs in the 1920s. In a substantive epilogue, he also traces the evolution of American infant welfare policy from the 1930s to 1990.

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Historian Meckel (Brown U.) analyzes the efforts of American infant welfare reformers, from their social problem in the 1850s to their limited success in securing federal funding for infancy and maternity programs in the 1920s. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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ISBN-13:
9780472085569
Publisher:
University of Michigan Press
Publication date:
09/15/1998
Series:
Ann Arbor Paperbacks
Edition description:
REPRINT
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

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