The Baby-Tents of Chicago

William J. Butler, A.M., M.D.
JAMA. 1912;LVIII(3):213. doi:10.1001/jama.1912.04260010215023.
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To the Editor:  —I have read with interest the article of Dr. Frank W. Allin on the baby-tent in The Journal (Dec. 30, 1911, p. 2127). He states that this idea "originated in Chicago" and has since spread to a number of cities.I am particularly interested in the success of the baby-tent, here and elsewhere, in reducing the infant mortality-rate in the hot summer months in the poor and crowded districts of the city, for which it was established. The statistics of a single tent are indisputable evidence of their good work. This is particularly gratifying to me, as I happen to be the one with whom the neighborhood baby-tent idea originated. I established the first tent with the financial help of the Chicago Relief and Aid Society.Dr. Allin kindly recorded this in an article which he read before the Chicago Medical Society and which was published in


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