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August 24, 1957

Perinatal Loss in Modern Obstetrics

JAMA. 1957;164(17):1990. doi:10.1001/jama.1957.02980170130022

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Abstract

"There is no medical problem today more challenging than this extravagance of nature in her quest for population recruitment." Dr. Nesbitt accepts this challenge, and his book should go far to combat the peril. In discussing placental and uterine physiology, skillful clinical application of the researches of Reynolds, Wislocki, Dempsey, Thoms, and others makes fascinating reading. The author, in earlier studies, has contributed much to this field, and no little credit can be ascribed to Dr. Eastman for the able guidance given his protégé. Anoxia causes more perinatal deaths than any other factor. A relatively high incidence of this complication at Johns Hopkins Hospital is attributed by the author to the high proportion of nonwhite patients, who, in turn, help to reduce the incidence of erythroblastosis. The various pathological features are well described and beautifully illustrated. The nation-wide significance of this disorder is indicated by the estimated 336,000 or more

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