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March 28, 1931

THE INDISPENSABLE USES OF NARCOTICS: IN OBSTETRICS AND GYNECOLOGY

JAMA. 1931;96(13):1007-1008. doi:10.1001/jama.1931.27220390001007
Abstract

From time immemorial narcotics have been used to assuage the pains of childbirth, and in more recent times they have been exhibited for sundry complications of pregnancy and the puerperium. Human beings have attempted to lift the curse placed on Eve at the so-called beginning of the human race, ever since that time, and it is not necessary to cast doubt on the authenticity of the story to justify the present use of narcotics in obstetrics.

NARCOTICS IN OBSTETRICS  Sedatives are used during pregnancy, labor and the puerperium. During pregnancy the most common indication for narcotic medicines is the prevention of abortion. Rest in bed, combined with morphine or other preparations of opium, has saved numerous pregnancies from disaster. A combination of chloral with bromides has been used, but it is not nearly as effective. When an acute abdominal condition develops during gestation, or an operation is performed at this

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