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Maternal mortality in India

BMJ 1996; 313 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.313.7052.304a (Published 03 August 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;313:304

Maternal mortality is falling in India but at slower rate than in Britain

  1. Rajendra Kale
  1. Consultant neurologist 37 Shanwar, Pune 411 030, India

    EDITOR,—James Owen Drife's patronising article on India's maternal mortality, despite its feeble justification, angered me.1 Articles in this genre—clever Western doctor on holiday in India shows how bad the local doctors are—usually are ill researched, perpetuate ignorance, and expose the author's naivety and supercilious attitude.

    Drife says that Indian doctors attending a conference in Delhi, where a session on in vitro fertilisation was the main attraction, were blase about their country's maternal mortality. The Europeans attending the conference were …

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