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Women and children first ; international maternal and infant welfare, 1870-1945 [electronic resource] /
edited by Valerie Fildes, Lara Marks, and Hilary Marland.
London ; New York : Routledge, 1992.
xxiii, 311 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.
0415080908 (HB)
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London ; New York : Routledge, 1992.
0415080908 (HB)
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 281-298) and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 1993-10:
A fascinating first chapter by Irvine Loudon appears to set the scene for this book of essays. In that chapter, Loudon explains the curious feature of maternal mortality, which, although declining slightly at the end of the 19th century, remained thereafter fairly constant until the 1930s, and only then took a steep decline. The value of this book would have been enhanced had the other 11 essays dealt with these issues. Many of them do, but others deal with a second, related but statistically distinct, issue of infant mortality where, in Europe and elsewhere, the mortality rates fell steadily throughout this period. Although juxtaposing the two issues is somewhat confusing, it is nevertheless a wonderful collection of well-written essays dealing with both issues in England (London), Australia, Europe, North America, Southeast Asia, and Africa. Recommended highly, for general reader through health-care professional audiences. J. Farley; Dalhousie University
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Table of Contents
List of illustrations
Notes on contributors
Preface and acknowledgements
List of abbreviations
Introductionp. 1
Some international features of maternal mortality, 1880-1950p. 5
Maternity care and the threat of puerperal fever in Sydney, 1870-1939p. 29
Mothers, babies and hospitals: 'The London' and the provision of maternity care in East London, 1870-1939p. 48
The medicalization of motherhood: doctors and infant welfare in the Netherlands, 1901-1930p. 74
'The infant soldier': early child welfare efforts in Ontariop. 97
'Why does Congress wish women and children to die?': the rise and fall of public maternal and infant health care in the United States, 1921-1929p. 121
Ephemeral lives: the unremitting infant mortality of colonial Burma, 1891-1941p. 133
Women and the state: maternal and child welfare in colonial Malaya, 1900-1940p. 154
'Getting close to the hearts of mothers': medical missionaries among African women and children in Johannesburg between the warsp. 178
'Dangerous motherhood': maternity care and the gendered construction of Afrikaner identity, 1904-1939p. 203
'That welfare warfare': sectarianism in infant welfare in Australia, 1918-1939p. 230
The costs of modern motherhood to low income families in interwar Britainp. 257
Bibliographyp. 281
Indexp. 299
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