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May 22, 1926


JAMA. 1926;86(21):1616. doi:10.1001/jama.1926.26720470005006f

Mrs. H. presented herself for examination believing she was pregnant. Examination revealed a distended abdomen, in which no fetus could be palpated. Catheterization of the bladder secured a few ounces of normal urine. The roentgen ray revealed an hydramnios with outlines of a fetal skull visible. The skull did not appear as large as a full term fetus, though the abdomen was as large as is usual at term. The patient was put to bed and the hydramnios diminished slightly, but in spite of rest and sedatives she went into labor prematurely, with a discharge of considerable amniotic fluid.

I arrived just in time to assist in extracting by the feet the fetus shown in the accompanying illustration. The child breathed spasmodically a few times and then stopped. The mother had a prolonged convalescence, owing to the assumption of household duties before she was strong enough for this responsibility.


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