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September 30, 1944

Hydronephrosis and Pyelitis (Pyelonephritis) of Pregnancy: Etiology and Pathogenesis. An Historical Review

JAMA. 1944;126(5):328. doi:10.1001/jama.1944.02850400060027

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This historical review of hydronephrosis and pyelonephritis of pregnancy is a rare book. The author, a pathologist at the Mayo Clinic, became interested in the subject when many years ago he began to observe at postmortem examinations of pregnant women that the ureters and renal pelves were dilated. As a result of this interest he read and thoroughly analyzed practically every article and book written on the disturbances of the urinary tract in pregnancy. Throughout the text and the numerous pithy footnotes, there is abundant evidence that the author took nothing for granted. He delved into all the original source material published and gives the impression of having read almost every word of the 974 references which are listed in the back of the book. The author points out errors made even by recognized authorities. He shows how often erroneous statements have been reproduced by writer after writer who did

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