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East Side Has Lowest Infant Mortality in New York City

March 13, 1923
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Jewish mothers on the East Side take better care of their children than do the wealthiest mothers of New York. This disclosure is made by a survey just complesed by Dr. Wm. Z. Guilfoy, Register of the Health Department, which shows that the infant mortality rate is smallest on the tenement district of the East Side.

The section bounded by Third and Ninth Streets and Avenue B and D showed an infant mortality rate of only 63 per 1000 births whereas the district around Central Park West and Amsterdam Ave. between 70th and 80th Streets shows an infant death rate of 78 per thousand.

“The latter district, says Dr. Guilfoy in his report “is inhabited by some of the wealthiest people in the city. “This condition indicates that the sanitarians have failed to take in account the necessity of maternal care and vigilance.

The low mortality rate of the East Side is due to the devotion and care of the Jewish mother, Dr. Guilfoy concludes. “The Jewish mother on the East Side” he declares “grasps every opportunity of knowing how to care for her baby. She attends the baby milk stations, absorbs all the advice given and makes sure to obtain the purest milk sold thereat.”

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