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JAMA 100 Years Ago
August 13, 2008


Author Affiliations

JAMA 100 Years Ago Section Editor: Jennifer Reiling, Assistant Editor.

JAMA. 2008;300(6):740. doi:10.1001/jama.300.6.740-b

Stab Wound of Fetus in Utero.—Steele reports a remarkable case, the extraordinary feature of which lies in the fact that a stab wound through the abdominal walls of the mother, penetrating the gravid uterus, entering the abdomen of the fetus in utero, completely severing the jejunum and permitting the escape of the large and small intestines through the wound of the abdominal wall of the fetus—should not in any way have interfered with the growth and development of the fetus in utero, or seriously affected the recovery of the mother. Another interesting fact is the complete occlusion of the two divided ends of the intestine of the fetus and the presence of nearly three ounces of glairy, sanguinoloid fluid in the stomach of the fetus at the time of operation—ten hours after birth.