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March 15, 1924


JAMA. 1924;82(11):902-903. doi:10.1001/jama.1924.02650370070026

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The Cause of Vomiting in Pregnancy  One of the most prominent Spanish obstetricians, Dr. Udaeta, in a lecture presented his views on the causes of vomiting in pregnancy. There is little question that salivation, herpes, headache, albumin and eclampsia are symptoms of intoxication caused by the products of gestation. As soon as pregnancy ends, these symptoms subside, and most women rapidly recover. Each person has his own characteristic albumin. Its composition is very complex, and differs not only in the species but in the individual, as shown by the reactions that follow blood transfusion. This specificity of the biochemical formula of our make-up is derived partly from our ancestors; i. e., it is inherited, and partly from our diet. Substances taken into the body are split into simpler substances. In thisway the body prepares food for its use. Fresh substances, before being admitted into this chemical community, must pass tests,

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