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July 1, 1944


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Waltham, Mass. Pathologist, Metropolitan State Hospital.

JAMA. 1944;125(9):673. doi:10.1001/jama.1944.02850270071024

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To the Editor:—  The article by Dr. R. W. Weilerstein in The Journal, May 20, reminds me of a fatal case that occurred forty-eight hours after the intrauterine application of an "interruptin" paste containing iodine and fatty substances. I had the chance to perform the medicolegal autopsy of this case together with Dr. Karl Reuter in Breslau (Germany) on July 29, 1931. A brief account of the findings is given by Reuter in the Medizinische Klinik28:1339 (Sept. 23) 1932. The intrauterine application of the paste was made by a physician for interruption of an early pregnancy in a woman 25 years old who had threatened to commit suicide in a stage of reactive depression. The ovum with the placenta was expelled but then a severe dyspnea developed which made the transfer to a general hospital necessary. She died forty-eight hours after the "treatment" had started, with the signs

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