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Children’s morbidity and mortality in 19th century Western Siberia: review of historical medical records

Fedorova O. S., Prokopyeva V. D., Malchuk V. N., Kozyritskaya D. V., Vasiliev Pavel Andreevich, Ogorodova L. M.

Over the 20th century, there were significant changes in children's health and enormous gains in pediatric healthcare because of systematic healthcare development including public health interventions. This study reviews children’s morbidity and mortality at the end of the 19th century by examining historical medical records of the Children’s Clinic of Tomsk Imperial University (Western Siberia, Russian Empire). We reviewed the official books of the inpatient department`s records between 1893 and 1899 as well as outpatient department’s records for the one-year period of 1899. The study confirms that mortality due to infectious diseases remained in first place among all other causes.