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For some years past we have entertained the view that the premature detachment of the placenta in otherwise normal labors, was occasionally the cause direct of "stistillrth," or the cause of the enfeebled condition of the child at birth, where only the most prompt and efficient measures which can be brought into practice by the accoucheur, are the means of establishing respiration, a perfect circulation, and consequently the life of the child, which but for prompt measures must otherwise have perished. We believe that a child born where the placenta remains attached to the womb until the child is expelled from the mother never requires any assistance to promote or establish respiration, and that where such assistance is necessary there has been either a partial or complete premature detachment of the placenta, for a shorter or longer time prior to the expulsion of the child from the mother, and the
GETZ HL. PREMATURE DETACHMENT OF THE PLACENTA DURING LABOR AS A PROBABLE CAUSE OF STILL BIRTH WHEN NO OTHER CAUSES CAN BE ASSIGNED. JAMA. 1885;IV(3):71–72. doi:10.1001/jama.1885.02390780015001c
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