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May 13, 1933


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Havre, Mont.

JAMA. 1933;100(19):1490-1491. doi:10.1001/jama.1933.27420190001008

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This case is reported to reemphasize the danger to life and health from the use of the gold stem cervical pessary, commonly used as a contraceptive measure.

Mrs. C. J. C., aged 30, the mother of two children, aged 3 and 4 years, was admitted to the Kennedy Deaconess Hospital, Dec. 16, 1932. A sister had died several years previously of pulmonary tuberculosis. The family history was otherwise of no importance. Two and one-half years previously an abdominal operation had been performed elsewhere, at which time she had been told that a cyst had been removed from the left ovary.

There was no history of a miscarriage; the last pregnancy had terminated at full term three years previously. The menses occurred every three weeks; the flow was profuse, continuing for from eight to ten days. Pain was quite severe at the beginning of the period, and the patient was usually

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