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Birth weights and prematurity rates in Southern Rhodesia

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Journal
Transactions of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
0035-9203
Publisher
Oxford University Press
Publication Date
Volume
47
Issue
1
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DOI: 10.1016/0035-9203(53)90024-8

Abstract

Abstract 1. (1) In 1,000 singleton births of European and African babies in Salisbury, Southern Rhodesia, the average birth weights are 6.9 and 6.3 lb. respectively. 2. (2) Male babies have a higher average birth weight than females in both races. 3. (3) Applying the international standard of prematurity 5.9 per cent. of European and 16.6 per cent. of African singletons are premature. 4. (4) Arguments are advanced to lower the standard weight for assessment of prematurity in African babies.

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