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January 7, 1933

STREPTOCOCCIC PUERPERAL SEPSIS: REPORT OF AN EPIDEMIC

Author Affiliations

ST. PAUL
From the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Minnesota Medical School, Ancker Hospital Service.

JAMA. 1933;100(1):19-21. doi:10.1001/jama.1933.02740010021005
Abstract

During a period of nine days, between Oct. 3 and Oct. 11, 1930, inclusive, forty-six women were delivered at Ancker Hospital, the city and county hospital of St. Paul. Among these, puerperal sepsis developed in six (13 per cent), and three (50 per cent) of the infected patients died. October 3, five women were delivered, in three of whom sepsis developed, two of them dying. October 4, six women were delivered, of whom one became infected and died. Another patient, delivered October 11, became infected and recovered. The first two women who became infected had been delivered by forceps; the other four had had spontaneous deliveries. Vaginal examinations before delivery were made in only the two operative cases. All the infected patients had normal temperatures on admission to the hospital.

October 12, two days after the first patient had died and nine days after the beginning of the epidemic, the

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