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September 1, 1945

"PSEUDODOXIA PEDIATRICA"

JAMA. 1945;129(1):91. doi:10.1001/jama.1945.02860350093026

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Abstract

To the Editor:—  Your interesting editorial on pseudodoxia pediatrica (The Journal, July 28, p. 955) prompts me to write you that here in Vinton County, Ohio, in the past twelve years I have delivered in homes comparable to those served by the Frontier Service 1,300 babies without a maternal mortality. In this series there were four cesareans done in hospitals, the only ones in the series. The infant mortality is unusually low. Since the advent of the sulfonamides I have not seen a tympanic membrane go to rupture and have not had a mastoid that required surgery, nor have I done a myringotomy.Alone down here the past three years it is encouraging to read that we are doing things comparable to other sections, and it is also further evidence that rural communities are in most cases as well off medically as the larger cities.

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