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November 10, 1906


Author Affiliations

Alienist and Neurologist to Bellevue Hospital. NEW YORK.

JAMA. 1906;XLVII(19):1526-1528. doi:10.1001/jama.1906.25210190006001d

For many years I have been anxious to enlist the interest of the obstetrician and of the general practitioner in the injuries which the child's brain is apt to sustain during parturition. The general opinion prevails, and it is not wholly wrong, that the child's head is wonderfully tolerant and that the child is none the worse for prolonged labor and for instrumental delivery. The physician who has delivered a woman of a living child without seriously injuring the mother and without leaving on the child the outward mark of difficult labor feels proud of his achievement, and if the child has no convulsions during the first 24 or 48 hours of life, if it appears to move all its limbs, the physician walks away with pride and an easy conscience. He has done his duty according to his own best light and in accordance with the best teachings of

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