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December 25, 1926


JAMA. 1926;87(26):2158-2159. doi:10.1001/jama.1926.02680260026010

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Statistics show that the mortality among child-bearing women generally greatly exceeds that shown in the practice of careful and competent men or that recorded by well supervised clinics. Childbirth is so common a phenomenon and is experienced by so many without mortality or apparent morbidity that the lay public is always surprised when cautioned concerning the dangers (immediate or remote) of childbirth; and those of a lesser degree of intelligence, or with a lessened sense of responsibility, have been apt to look on the physician warning them as an alarmist, and have paid less attention to his warning than was consistent with safety. While this condition is passing to some extent among thinking people, it is unfortunately true that the majority of the public do not belong to this class and need to have brought to them in some way the hazards of child bearing in neglected cases, and the

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