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September 8, 1951


JAMA. 1951;147(2):180. doi:10.1001/jama.1951.03670190080019

Fetal Malformation.  —The role of infections and vascular disorders in the genesis of fetal malformations and the protection of the mother and fetus were discussed at a recent meeting of the National Academy of Medicine. An interesting discussion followed a report by Prof. Piédelièvre on therapeutic abortion. French law allows the interruption of pregnancy only if the mother's life is imperiled, but the pathologic consequences of a pregnancy for the mother and the possibility of an ill-fated procreation caused the subject to be reconsidered. Prof. Cathala, who had already mentioned, at the Society for Legal Medicine, the consequences for the fetus of rubella in the mother early in pregnancy, reiterated that certain infections are suspected of giving rise to agenesis, malformation, and sensory disturbances. He had seen two cases of microcephalus following acute benign infectious jaundice in the fourth month of pregnancy, but he also saw four women with icterus

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