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March 16, 1935

Lungentuberkulose und Schwangerschaft

JAMA. 1935;104(11):944. doi:10.1001/jama.1935.02760110072032

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The author sets down and draws conclusions from the histories of 215 women suffering from tuberculosis. They had 237 pregnancies (three twins), forty-one miscarriages, seven premature labors, sixty-one therapeutic abortions (of which one abdominal pregnancy and one defundectomy) and there were fourteen cases of pregnancy with tuberculosis before the end of the sixth month, a total of 360 pregnancies. After quoting numerous authorities on both sides of the controversy as to whether pregnancy does or does not aggravate tuberculosis and whether therefore the combination does or does not indicate therapeutic abortion, he enumerates the difficulties in collecting and evaluating such material. He describes a scheme for registering graphically conditions, roentgen observations (pencil sketches), history and result, which helps to the understanding of the details of each case quickly. The histories of the 215 women are given quite fully and his own conclusions are briefly stated at the end of each

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