Reformers, mothers and babies : aspects of infant survival : Australia 1890-1945
This thesis examines the relationships between infant mortality, organised campaigns to reform mothers by education in mothercraft (the infant welfare movement) and mothers' behaviour. It proposes that the movement in Australia did not contribute as powerfully to the decline in infant mortality as its protagonists professed and believed. This conclusion rests on the demonstration of inappropriate relationships in time and space between the putative cause and effect, as recorded in the...[Show more]
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