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Health in the CityRace, Poverty, and the Negotiation of Women's Health in New York City, 1915-1930$
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Tanya Hart

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781479867998

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479867998.001.0001

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Health in Columbus Hill

Health in Columbus Hill

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Health in the City

Tanya Hart

NYU Press

This chapter criticizes the health treatment in Columbus Hill for tuberculosis. The efficacy of the AICP's early syphilis work among Columbus Hill's black mothers appears questionable at best. A study shows that the maternal syphilis tests and their highly toxic treatments during and after birth may have cost infant lives. Thus, the salience of the AICP's argument that maternal and congenital syphilis represented half the stillborn and neonatal deaths could easily lead to a half-empty, half-full conclusion. In addition, while the neighborhood experienced a small yet significant decrease in infant deaths from syphilitic infections, this cannot explain the enormous decline in infant and maternal deaths that occurred in the AICP's first year of research.

Keywords:   tuberculosis, Columbus Hill, AICP, syphilis, congenital syphilis, syphilitic infections

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