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July 12, 1952


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222 E. Maple St., Enid, Okla.

JAMA. 1952;149(11):1053. doi:10.1001/jama.1952.02930280075021

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To the Editor:—  You may be interested in some information on obstetrics in Arabia, which is so different from that in America that it is almost unbelievable. I spent two years in Arabia just after the new hospital had opened and when women were fearful of entering unless they were at death's door. The picture is rapidly changing, and more and more normal patients are coming in as they learn our western ways.Of 150 deliveries from July, 1950, to July, 1951, at the Arab hospital in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, 110 were normal and 40 were complicated. There were no maternal deaths, and there were 15 prenatal deaths. There were 3 ruptured uteri, 1 marginal placenta previa, 1 central placenta previa, 1 ruptured bladder, 1 head appearing at the anus through the rectum rather than through the vagina, one hand presentation, one patient admitted with all delivered but the head

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