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La lutte contre la mortalité des nourrissons en Suisse

Enjeux et mesures de prévention (1876-1930)
Alain Bosson

Abstracts

The infant mortality knows a significant fall in the Western countries starting from the last quarter of the XIXth century. In Switzerland, the death rate of children in their first year of living passes from 19,7% in 1876 to 5,1% in 1930. To fight effectively against this plague, the medical boards and the medical profession will not cease encouraging breast-feeding, and teaching to the young mothers the rudiments of hygiene of babies. This article particularly studies the prevention policy which was based on the diffusion of guides and handbooks intended for the mothers, but which also develops through a network of dispensaries and services of medical consultations for infants. In the case of Switzerland, a federal state, the results are characterized by significant variations from canton to canton.

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Alain Bosson, « La lutte contre la mortalité des nourrissons en Suisse », Cahiers d'histoire [Online], 47-1 | 2002, Online since 13 May 2009, connection on 23 March 2017. URL : http://ch.revues.org/445

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