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September 1, 1956

The Pregnancy Toxemias or the Encymonic Atelositeses

JAMA. 1956;162(1):79. doi:10.1001/jama.1956.02970180081031

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The author has presented the basic facts about the toxemias of pregnancy and has collected an extensive bibliography from which he has quoted freely. The book is divided into four parts. In the first are discussed the physiology of normal pregnancy, capillary circulation, water metabolism, edema, water diuresis during pregnancy, blood pressure, essential hypertension in the nonpregnant and pregnant woman, and the relationship of the posterior pituitary gland and the adrenal cortex to normal pregnancy. The second part has a chapter devoted to the toxemias of early pregnancy and another chapter to accidental hemorrhage, but the bulk of this section is devoted to the histological pathology of eclampsia and changes in metabolism leading to this disease. The third part is devoted to the various hypotheses that have been advanced to explain eclampsia. One chapter is devoted to the mechanical theories and another to the toxemic theory. The endocrine glands as

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