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October 28, 1944

"GETTING PATIENTS OUT OF BED EARLY IN THE PUERPERIUM"

Author Affiliations

Medical Officer of Health, London County Council.

JAMA. 1944;126(9):588-589. doi:10.1001/jama.1944.02850440060025

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Abstract

To the Editor:—  On page 839 of The Journal of July 22 Dr. Morris L. Rotstein of Baltimore makes the statement that during the blitz of 1940-1941 London maternity patients delivered in hospitals were allowed up a day after labor and sent home on the second or third day post partum. He adds that "no ill effects resulted from this mode of treatment."It would seem that Dr. Rotstein is under some misunderstanding, for although one half of the institutional confinements in London take place in hospitals directly under my control and I am in close touch with the voluntary hospitals responsible for the remaining institutional births in London, I have never heard of such a routine. The true facts may interest your readers. During the whole war period, all expectant mothers who could be persuaded to leave London were evacuated at the eighth month to country maternity homes organized

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