It has been our privilege during the last thirty years at the New York Lying-In Hospital to study and in part to treat 879 cases of toxemia of pregnancy of the convulsive type, commonly known as eclampsia. These cases have consecutively occurred in a series of 152,248 confinements in the combined indoor and outdoor services. Included, there are 414 cases with convulsions beginning before labor; seventy-four cases in which the time of onset was not definitely noted but the majority of which evidently began ante partum; 118 cases in which convulsions began during labor; 234 cases in which convulsions began during the puerperium; twenty-three cases in which the patients died undelivered shortly after being admitted in a moribund condition, and sixteen in which the patients were discharged undelivered, pregnancy continuing.
During this time our conception of the control and treatment of the disease has varied greatly. The pendulum of procedure
DAVIS AB, HARRAR JA. TOXEMIA OF PREGNANCY: EIGHT HUNDRED AND SEVENTY-NINE CASES WITH CONVULSIONS AT THE NEW YORK LYING-IN HOSPITAL. JAMA. 1926;87(4):233–236. doi:10.1001/jama.1926.02680040021007
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