The obstetrician and the general practitioner are constantly confronted with the experience of delivering children who are either dead at birth or so diseased or injured that death occurs in a few hours or days. The most usual causes are syphilis, toxemia, disease or malpresentation of the placenta, particularly placenta praevia, operative delivery because of contracted pelvis, excessive size of child and malpresentation or prolonged delivery from any cause. The literature also contains many references to a relatively small group of infections, such as typhoid, scarlet fever, malaria, smallpox, measles, tuberculosis and anthrax (Williams1). We wish to add to the already reported cases of antenatal infection two cases recently examined.
REPORT OF CASES
Case 1.—L. H., a colored woman, a quintipara, aged 26, whose family history was negative, had had sore throat occasionally over a period of many years. A normal menstrual history showed that her previous pregnancies had
DUSKES E, DODGE EF. ANTENATAL INFECTION A FACTOR IN FETAL MORBIDITY. Am J Dis Child. 1928;35(2):221-228. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1928.01920200053006