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April 11, 1977

Medical News

JAMA. 1977;237(15):1541-1549. doi:10.1001/jama.1977.03270420009001

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Simple test helps to identify women at risk for toxemia of pregnancy  A disease that has been known since the time of Hippocrates ought to be understood by now, but it is not. Still, toxemia of pregnancy is somewhat less puzzling than it used to be, owing to recent studies conducted at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas.These studies have shown the following facts:

  1. The disease is chronic and can be predicted with a 90% accuracy as early as three months before the appearance of symptoms. One of the predictive tests is as simple as rolling over.

  2. In severe cases, the disease often can be managed simply by putting the mother in the hospital for close observation and rest until the baby is mature enough for delivery.

  3. The fetus is as much a victim of the disease as the mother; decreased placental