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March 12, 1887

THE TREATMENT OF PUERPERAL CONVULSIONS.

JAMA. 1887;VIII(11):295-296. doi:10.1001/jama.1887.02391360015003

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Abstract

Within the past six months several papers on the treatment of puerperal convulsions have appeared in different journals, and among the various measures and remedies suggested and praised for treating this affection, we have seen no mention of one of the most powerful means for controlling these convulsions—hypodermatic injections of morphine. It is now almost twenty years since Professor Loomis began the use of morphine subcutaneously to control uræmic convulsions. We need not stop here to dis cuss the pathology of puerperal convulsions, and to inquire as to the difference between them and the convulsions of ordinary nephritis. Loomis makes no distinction between them when he writes: "From the histories of quite a large number of puerperal and non puerperal cases of acute uræmia, in which morphine was successfully used, I have reached the following conclusions: First. That morphine can be administered hypodermically to some, if not to all, patients

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