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November 24, 1945

DEATH FROM AIR EMBOLISM FOLLOWING INSUFFLATION DURING PREGNANCY

JAMA. 1945;129(13):905. doi:10.1001/jama.1945.02860470065025

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Abstract

To the Editor:—  In the article by Dr. Herbert S. Breyfogle entitled "Death from Air Embolism Following Insufflation During Pregnancy" (The Journal, September 29, p. 342) the statement is made that "the following death from air embolism resulting from insufflation during pregnancy is therefore the fourth from this means to be reported, and the first to be recorded in the medical literature of this country."My interest was aroused, since I had reported two deaths from air embolism due to the use of vaginal powder insufflators (one during pregnancy) in the May 1945 issue of the American Journal of Surgery. This was approximately four months before the publication of Breyfogle's paper. Therefore, although I hate to enter into discussion about such small issues, it seemed that there might be some question as to the accuracy of the statement quoted. This author, evidently after reading my publication in May and apparently

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