Vast strides have been made and much has been accomplished in the last decade to reduce the incidence of the toxemias of pregnancy, especially the severest form, eclampsia. This complication of pregnancy may be said to be the end result of the unrecognized, or perhaps the untreated, milder form of the toxemias.
The nationwide maternal welfare program in effect during the past ten years is perhaps largely responsible and deserves a good share of the credit for the lowered incidence of this gravest of all complications of pregnancy. This program has stressed the necessity of early and frequent periodic antepartum examinations throughout pregnancy, together with the importance of recognizing in its earliest stage any beginning hypertension, albuminuria, edema or abnormal gain in weight. This campaign has borne fruit and has done much to make the physician "toxemia conscious" and the patient "antepartum examination conscious." However, the fact remains that in
NICODEMUS RE. OXYGEN TENT THERAPY IN THE TREATMENT OF ECLAMPSIA. JAMA. 1941;117(15):1238–1239. doi:10.1001/jama.1941.02820410016004
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