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May 19, 1894

RUPTURE OF THE UTERUS DURING LABOR.Read before the Cambridge Society for Medical Improvement, April 23,1894.

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JAMA. 1894;XXII(20):741-743. doi:10.1001/jama.1894.02420990015002c

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I wish to call your attention to this subject tonight, owing to a case which I saw recently in consultation with a physician who gave me the following history:

"Mrs. X., age 33, 4-para, her youngest child being 7 years old. Her previous labors had been normal, never needing even the use of forceps. At different times during the last few years she has been in a hospital for some uterine disease, but has never had an operation, although one was advised for a laceration of the cervix. Her term of pregnancy has been uneventful, except she was said to be subject to faint spells but was able to attend to her family cares and to take out-of-door exercise. The membranes ruptured on a Wednesday night, but labor pains did not start until eight days later at about 7 in the morning. During this past week the waters had continued

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