Bureau publication (United States. Children's Bureau). no. 1, 1914, Issue 1

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U.S. Government Printing Office, 1914
 

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Page 7 - Public health is purchasable. Within natural limitations, a community can determine its own death rate.
Page 16 - ... many public offices ; in the enforcement of laws relating to education and to child labor, as well as to various matters in the criminal code — the irresponsibility of children under ten years of age for crime and misdemeanor, the determination of the age of consent, etc.
Page 16 - There is hardly a relation in life, from the cradle to the grave, in which such a record may not prove to be of the greatest value. For example, in the matter of descent; in the relations of guardians and wards; in the disabilities of minors; in the administration of estates ; the settlement of insurance and pensions; the requirements of foreign countries in matters of residence, marriage and legacies; in marriage in our own country; in voting and in jury and militia service...
Page 19 - State board of health, and upon this officer it places squarely the responsibility of securing registration of all births and deaths. The law divides the State into small primary registration districts. Each city, each incorporated town, and each township constitutes a separate registration district, and when these are too large to be covered conveniently by the local registrar, subregistrars may be appointed by the State board. It provides compensation to local registrars...
Page 7 - A necessary sequence to a high infant mortality rate is the larger number of children who, having weathered the storms of the first year, reach the haven of comparative safety of the other years of life in a battered, weakened, and crippled condition such as forever handicaps them in becoming efficient social units.
Page 17 - The National Government can and does tell us exactly how great is the accession to our population each year by immigration, or intake from foreign lands. At each port of landing immigration inspectors record each arrival and tell us his or her nationality, age, sex, destination, and how much money each one brings. But the National Government can not go into the States and cities and establish registration offices and tell us how many children enter each State by birth. This work must be done by each...
Page 8 - Josephine Baker, Director of the Bureau of Child Hygiene of the New York City Department of Health...
Page 10 - ... weather man watches his thermometer and they can pick out areas of social storm just as the weather man traces areas of ordinary storm, but with this one great difference: with our present knowledge the weather man can't change the weather, but the public health official can change the infant mortality rate, for as the expert medical men tell us, half of the present infant mortality could be prevented if the methods already known to medical and sanitary science could be given general application....
Page 16 - There is hardly a relation of life, from the cradle to the grave, in which the evidence furnished by an accurate registration of births may not prove to be of the greatest value, as, for example, in the matter of descent ; in the relations of guardians and wards; in the disabilities of minors; in the administration of estates, the settlement of insurance and pensions, the requirements of foreign countries concerning residence, marriage, and legacies ; in marriage in our own country, in voting, and...
Page 7 - Today we know that a great infant mortality is a national disaster — on the one hand because numerous economic values are created without purpose and prematurely destroyed and on the other...

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