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December 31, 1932


JAMA. 1932;99(27):2275-2276. doi:10.1001/jama.1932.02740790045023

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Restriction of Dangerous Methods for Interrupting Pregnancy  In recent months, a topic much discussed in a certain type of propaganda has been the so-called nonoperative interruption of pregnancy by the injection of pastes into the uterus. Contrary to the widely advertised statements about the simplicity and reliability of the method and concerning the complete harmlessness of the application, a number of deaths have been reported in the literature, concerning which Dr. F. Engelmann, director of the Städtische Frauenklinik in Dortmund, wrote a comprehensive article for the Deutsche medizinische Wochenschrift (58:166 [Jan. 29] 1932).On the basis of all these observations, the Berlin Medizinische Gesellschaft filed a petition with the proper authorities, demanding that the sale of these remedies be confined by law to licensed pharmacists. Gynecologists have urgently warned against the careless use of these remedies; others have not taken such a severe attitude, and some have even highly

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