December 8, 1883


JAMA. 1883;I(22):657-658. doi:10.1001/jama.1883.02390220025013

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The annual report of Columbia Hospital for Women, and Lying-in Asylum has been submitted to the commissioners of the District of Columbia by the Surgeon in charge, Dr. P. J. Murphy. The report of the President, Mr. William Paret, refers to the evidences of good management and skillful treatment presented by the absolute freedom from deaths in the many cases of child-birth, and the minutely small proportion of deaths from other causes.

Dr. Murphy's report states that four deaths only are recorded as occurring in the medical and surgical wards, and in the lying-in wards no maternal death is recorded. There were one hundred and thirteen children delivered, which, with the one hundred and fifty-six of last year, makes a total of two hundred and sixty-nine deliveries (instrumental, preternatural and natural) without a single maternal death. There has been no case of puerperal fever in two years, and no case

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