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January 13, 1940

THE POWER OF SURVIVAL

JAMA. 1940;114(2):179. doi:10.1001/jama.1940.02810020083027

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Abstract

To the Editor:—  Merely for the record I report the following case: An abandoned baby girl was found in an alley on a garbage pile the morning of Nov. 30, 1939. This 7 or 7 1/2 month baby, weighing 2 1/2 pounds (1,134 Gm.), delivered by an abortion performed about 7 p. m., November 29, was kept in a shoe box on a back porch all night and the next morning offered to a janitor to burn but he refused. The baby was then taken out of the box and wrapped in a piece of newspaper and placed in the alley.The temperature was around 30 F. I was called by the police and took the baby to my office. After I worked on the baby for an hour and a half she was resuscitated. I called for a pulmotor and an incubator, but no oxygen was used. The baby

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