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March 13, 1926

TREATMENT OF HOOKWORM DISEASE IN PREGNANT WOMEN WITH CARBON TETRACHLORIDE

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ASUNCIÓN, PARAGUAY

JAMA. 1926;86(11):735-736. doi:10.1001/jama.1926.02670370005002
Abstract

Lambert1 has recently called attention to pregnancy as a "condition in which the dire effects of hookworm disease are dramatized most vividly" and calls attention to the number of deaths annually of mother or child or both as a result of hookworm disease occurring in Fiji. Darling,2 working in the same region some years ago, found that the average hemogloblin estimation for pregnant women was 15 per cent lower than that for the general population. In Paraguay, I have found a hemoglobin percentage of 64.4 for the general population (2,491 examinations), whereas the average for pregnant women (thirty-nine examinations) is but 51, which represents a loss of 13.4 per cent.

In campaigns for the treatment of hookworm disease in tropical countries, where fecundity begins early and birth control is unknown, the pregnant woman has formed a large part of that group, "not treated for medical reasons," and has

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