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February 21, 1931


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Ann Arbor, Mich.

JAMA. 1931;96(8):631-632. doi:10.1001/jama.1931.02720340061026

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To the Editor:  —In Queries and Minor Notes in a recent issue of The Journal (January 24, p. 291) under the heading "Complicated Twin Pregnancy," the following statement is made: "A fetus papyraceus may also he found in the presence of triplets, and in most of these instances two children are born alive and the third is a small compressed fetus." This, I believe, is not in accord with fact since in a review of the literature on the subject of papyraceous fetuses in triplet pregnancy (Beierlein, K. M.: Am. J. Obst. & Gynec.21:97 [Jan.] 1931) I found twenty-one cases, including one of my own, of twin papyraceous fetuses as opposed to four cases of single papyraceous fetuses in that connection. Since my paper was submitted for publication, the number of reported cases in the first group has been augmented to twenty-two (Williams, F. M.: Am. J. Obst.

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