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October 20, 1945


JAMA. 1945;129(8):542-544. doi:10.1001/jama.1945.02860420010004

Pregnancy may end in one of several ways: (1) death of the mother before delivery, (2) resorption of the fetus, (3) abortion, (4) premature delivery and (5) labor at term. In rare cases of missed abortion or abdominal pregnancy it may continue indefinitely, and sometimes even when the child is within the uterus it may last unduly long.

Résorption of the fetus occurs frequently in laboratory animals when deprived of either vitmain A or vitamin E. There may be other causes. No doubt it happens also in human beings and probably more frequently than we think. The following case, which came under our observation recently, is typical:

The patient, who was in the Women's Marine Corps, was 27 years old. Her family and past history were negative. She began menstruating at 12 years. The menses occurred every thirty days and lasted seven days. There was slight dysmenorrhea, no leukorrhea. She