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December 19, 1931


JAMA. 1931;97(25):1907. doi:10.1001/jama.1931.02730250065031

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A Sign of Supermaturity of the Fetus  At a recent meeting of Hungarian gynecologists, Dr. Francis Szello read a paper entitled "A Sign of Supermaturity of the Fetus." He said that in his investigations he started with the physiologic fact that of the carpal bones the first to appear are the capitate and hamate; this is proved by the lime nucleus which is found at necropsies and by roentgenograms. These nuclei are never found in so-called mature infants born at the end of a regularly carried out gestation. They appear at the earliest in the second half of the first month of extra-uterine life, and at the latest in the sixth month. From this, he concludes that if. at the time of birth, both or one of these nuclei is present, the fetus is supermature, This is at present, he says, the only sure sign of supermaturity that can be

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