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July 6, 1929

The Toxemias of Pregnancy.

JAMA. 1929;93(1):57-58. doi:10.1001/jama.1929.02710010063037

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In this volume is collected the important information concerning the etiology, pathology, classification, symptomatology and treatment of the toxemias of pregnancy. The author has reviewed the recent literature thoroughly and has included not only American but also British, French, German, Italian and other publications. There is nothing really new in the book, but this is not the author's fault. Eclampsia and the syndromes known as preeclampsia and hyperemesis remain "the diseases of theories," in spite of the enormous amount of energy expended in attempting to unravel the mysteries of the toxemias of pregnancy. The author emphasizes the chemical changes that occur during the toxemias of pregnancy, but unfortunately chemical analysis as yet has not provided enough useful information. Like most authorities in this country, Stander favors the conservative treatment of the toxemias of pregnancy and quotes Plass's tables to show that radical treatment has almost twice the mortality of conservative

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