Lectures

The Enemy of Childhood: Infant Mortality in Rochester, NY, 1880-1920

When: Wed., Nov. 14, 6 p.m. 2018

Dr. George Washington Goler, Chief Medical Officer of Rochester, NY, was a champion of many public health causes, perhaps most notably the crusade against infant mortality. Due to extensive cooperation and coordination between Goler, local women’s associations, and public health experts at the turn of the twentieth century, Rochester became a national leader in drastically reducing death tolls for babies under one year. The “Rochester Experiment,” consisting of milk stations, hubs of educational and material welfare for young families and immigrant mothers, regulation of dairy farms, and public health outreach programs was a nationally heralded victory against the “Enemy of

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