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August 4, 1906


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JAMA. 1906;XLVII(5):363. doi:10.1001/jama.1906.25210050047003g

In July, 1905, I attended M. D. in confinement, the labor being in every respect normal. The woman gave birth to a healthy, robust boy, which gave a lusty cry before fully born and seemed to be normal in every way. I cut the cord and laid the child by while the mother was being attended to. In about fifteen minutes from the time of birth I found the child's respiration extremely slow and irregular; after waiting a few minutes I commenced to stimulate respiration, first by sprinkling with water and then by artificial respiration, but in spite of my efforts it shortly ceased to breathe.

At birth the child showed absolutely no malformation or abnormal condition; its first cry and respiration were strong and forceful, and having had a short labor I paid little attention to the child, thinking there could be nothing needed, and it seemed to do

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