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November 9, 1918

RENAL COMPLICATIONS OF PREGNANCY FROM THE STANDPOINT OF THE UROLOGIST

JAMA. 1918;71(19):1538-1541. doi:10.1001/jama.1918.02600450014004
Abstract

The important rôle played by the kidneys during pregnancy has long been a matter of serious thought. Recent investigations of metabolism and kidney function have broadened the general knowledge of this subject, but very little has been added by the urologist. The more careful study of pregnancy by the urologist in association with the obstetrician should lead to a diminution in the incidence of renal complications and a more rapid recovery, with less serious sequelae when lesions are found to exist.

The patients whom I have seen during pregnancy have all presented well developed complications, only then recognized. In these cases, one fact has appealed to me, namely, that too little attention is given to the individual woman when she first presents herself to the obstetrician. This fact holds good for private patients, who usually come for examination early in pregnancy, as well as for hospital patients, who present themselves

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