December 14, 1912

Cesarean Section from the Point of View of a Patient

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Washington, D. C.

JAMA. 1912;LIX(24):2174. doi:10.1001/jama.1912.04270120159029

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To the Editor:  —Early last fall when it became positive that I was pregnant and not suffering from the menopause or a pseudocyesis I had to consider seriously the outcome to myself and to the child.The thought of a long tedious labor with extensive perineal repair and, if forceps became necessary, the probable death of the much-wanted little one was not pleasant to contemplate and led me early to look up carefully the subject of cesarean section, which I selected for the following reasons: age 41; first pregnancy; measurements small; the probability in an elderly primipara of the baby being a boy with a large head like his father; the better chance for a living baby; the elimination of perineal tears with the resulting invalidism, and finally the small mortality to both mother and child when the operation is undertaken just before labor begins.Having settled the matter of

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