In bringing up this subject, I do not intend to enter into the details of puerperal fever, but simply to consider the value and necessity of antiseptic, or, simply, warm water injections, as recommended for prophylactic purposes in normal cases of labor occurring in private practice. Let it be well understood that my remarks shall apply to this class alone.
The basis of this paper is the report of a case that occurred in my own practice last fall, and which I consider a very interesting one with regard to cause, symptoms, and course.
Mrs.—, æt. 26, American, small in stature, well formed, was at the end of the eighth month of pregnancy. The progress of gestation up to that period was without an untoward symptom, and indeed, the patient enjoyed better health during that time than ever before. Previous to this period of pregnancy, she was under my
ZINKE G. PUERPERAL FEVER, AND THE EARLY EMPLOYMENT OF ANTISEPTIC VAGINAL INJECTIONS.. JAMA. 1886;VII(20):538-543. doi:10.1001/jama.1886.04250110034002