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October 17, 1936

The Toxæmias of Pregnancy

JAMA. 1936;107(16):1329. doi:10.1001/jama.1936.02770420067033

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Dame McIlroy's views on the engrossing subject of the toxemias of pregnancy have always attracted commendatory attention from the American medical public. She has now elaborated and embodied certain of her earlier writings in this monograph, together with a comprehensive and discriminatory review and abstract of recent opinions. It is interesting to, note that she considers the symptoms of toxemia as being due to disturbances in metabolism, discarding the idea of a specific toxin. Moreover, she embraces the current but still disputed opinion that vomiting or convulsions, for example, are not separate forms of toxemia of pregnancy but merely varying symptoms of metabolic disturbances associated, perhaps, with some deficiency in nutrition or some prepregnancy disease. The entire monograph is precisely the dignified and conservative type of exposition of this baffling subject that would be expected from Dame McIlroy's pen. It should be gratifying to us in this country to note

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