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November 2, 1957

Spontaneous and Habitual Abortion

JAMA. 1957;165(9):1214-1215. doi:10.1001/jama.1957.02980270124029

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This is a much needed book because the last book on this subject was written by Taussig in 1936, and it contained little data on the pathology of spontaneous abortion. Javert is well qualified to write this book, because he has devoted 20 years to a study of specimens from 2,000 spontaneous and habitual abortions. He is an outstanding pathologist as well as a leading obstetrician and gynecologist. The book is divided into five parts entitled ( 1 ) Introduction Including Methodology and Physiology; (2) Pathology, Maternal and Fetal; (3) Clinical Obstetrics; (4) Psychosomatology; and (5) Epilogue. An extensive bibliography is included. In the 2,000 cases, the causes of vaginal bleeding were decidual hemorrhage (54.25%), abortion other than spontaneous (40.75%), placenta previa (1.75%), premature separation (1.05%), bicornuate uterus (0.55%), cervical pregnancy (0.05%), and miscellaneous conditions (1.60%). Cord complications caused more abortions than pathological ovofetuses (53 versus 35%).

Javert offers the following 10-point

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