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July 25, 1936


JAMA. 1936;107(4):284. doi:10.1001/jama.1936.02770300038013

A steady increase in admissions of abortions in some hospitals in England has occurred during the last ten years. Indeed, about 2 per cent of the total admissions in the general hospitals of the London County Council are cases of abortion. The deaths attributed to abortion in England and Wales in 1933 amounted to 24.2 per cent of the total deaths from puerperal sepsis.

In his recent review of 1,000 cases of abortion, Parish1 found that 203 of the women had no living children and 173 were pregnant for the first time; 207 of these women had one living child and only 136 had six or more children. Admittedly, 485 of the women had induced abortion by one means or another, varying from the employment of an abortionist to the use of slippery elm bark. Most of the deaths that occurred in the entire series were in this group.

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