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Prevention of Puerperal Infection
At the congress of French speaking obstetricians and gynecologists, in Bordeaux, France, October 1-5, Dr. N. Gheorgiu, professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Bucharest, gave an address on the prophylaxis of puerperal infections and late childbed hemorrhages. It is well known, he said, that late hemorrhages can be traced to two well defined causes: (1) the incomplete expulsion of the placenta and membranes, the placenta fragments that remain, however small, being capable of provoking instantaneous or late hemorrhages, and of being the agents of puerperal infection; (2) puerperal infection. To avoid these emergencies, Professor Gheorgiu's practice is to control the uterine cavity immediately after confinement. This procedure was objected to by the German and the French obstetric schools. The German "Hände weg" slogan was regarded over a long period as an unshakeable principle. It seems now that a turn has set in, for
BUCHAREST. JAMA. 1932;98(2):158-159. doi:10.1001/jama.1932.02730280066025