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February 26, 1927

TWO HUNDRED AND FORTY-THREE FETAL AUTOPSIESA SYPHILITIC STUDY

Author Affiliations

ATLANTA, GA.
From the Department of Obstetrics, Emory University School of Medicine.

JAMA. 1927;88(9):626-628. doi:10.1001/jama.1927.02680350010004
Abstract

On account of the very high incidence of syphilis as a complication of pregnancy in our colored clinic, I undertook the work reported here as a study of the many vagaries and tangents that syphilis in the newborn may exhibit. I have undoubtedly confirmed a great many studies that have been made along the same lines, and probably offer others from a different point of view.

CHIEF CAUSES OF DEATH  Of the 243 infants examined at autopsy, only fifty were born alive; 189, or 77 per cent, were born dead, and there were four abortions at about the fourth month. There were 164 premature babies, 67 per cent.Maceration was present in 45 per cent of the babies, or 109 times. It is interesting to note that in a recent article of mine 1 the stillborn babies were macerated in 42 per cent of the cases. A majority of these

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