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December 13, 1952

DENMARK

JAMA. 1952;150(15):1506. doi:10.1001/jama.1952.03680150060021

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Abstract

Criminal Abortions in General Practice.  —When a general practitioner keeps a detailed running record of his day's work he may in time present a scientific study that can well compare with hospital work by specialists. These reflections are prompted by a recent article in the medical press, in which Dr. Jens V. Dahlerup records his observations over a four year period beginning in 1948, when he returned to general practice. He kept notes not only of the patients he treated but also of the many persons, 261 in all, who left him without being examined after he had intimated that he would not induce abortion if they were pregnant. Of the 164 women who were found on examination to be pregnant, 84 were unmarried. Among these 164, for the most part healthy women, there were only 35 who expressed pleasure at the prospect of motherhood. Of the 48 expectant mothers

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