Bulletin of the World Health Organization

Images: past and present

May 2008 cover

The first hours of life are the most dangerous

This photograph, taken by David Seymour in France in 1953, shows how fragile prematurely-born babies are. Premature birth is a common and serious problem around the world. WHO had helped to train doctors and nurses in the highly specialized techniques of caring for these tiny babies.

France, 1953.
Photo: David Seymour