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To the Editor:—
I was much interested in reading the query in The Journal December 2 with regard to slow fetal heart rate.An identical case passed through the indoor delivery service in the Boston Lying-in Hospital, either late in 1912 or early in 1913, during my residency there. There was nothing remarkable about the case except that the mother could not be sure from day to day as to fetal movement and that if the fetal heart was heard at all it was so nearly synchronous with the patient's pulse that the two could not be separated with any degree of certainty. The case terminated with spontaneous uneventful labor and resulting in a full term, well developed and apparently normal baby. The pulse rate of the baby did not increase after birth up to the time of discharge two weeks later. I have no information as to the subsequent
Dowling JD. "SLOW FETAL HEART RATE". JAMA. 1940;114(4):344. doi:10.1001/jama.1940.02810040054025