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January 26, 1929


JAMA. 1929;92(4):328-329. doi:10.1001/jama.1929.02700300052024

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Diseases in Which Therapeutic Abortion Is Indicated  At the recent meeting of the Society of Szegeder University Friends, Dr. Alexander Szarvas read a paper on the diseases in which therapeutic abortion is indicated. He enumerated the causes which render the revision of this question necessary and divided the diseases into two main groups: (1) those that exist before pregnancy; (2) those that occur during pregnancy. In his clinic there were sixty-six patients during six years in whom therapeutic abortion was indicated. Thirty-seven of these were suffering from tuberculosis and other infectious diseases, nineteen from organic heart diseases and ten from other serious ailments. Szarvas disregards the pathologic ground in tuberculosis and considers the clinical picture as the decisive factor. In organic heart diseases the decisive factors are: the muscle strength of the heart, previous labors, the age of the patient, and eventual decompensation. Further indications that demand consideration are: nephrosis,

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