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June 14, 1884

Scarlatina in Utero.

JAMA. 1884;II(24):665. doi:10.1001/jama.1884.02390470021007

—In an interesting paper read before the New York County Medical Association, April 21, 1884, Dr. Charles A. Leale relates a well marked case of scarlet fever in a child at birth. The mother was attacked with the disease at the end of the ninth month of pregnancy. Labor was induced when she was in the early part of the eruptive stage of the fever. The child was readily delivered with the forceps, and " was unmistakably in the midst of the eruptive period simultaneously with its mother."1

The disease proved highly malignant in the mother, causing her death fifty-six hours after her delivery. The child recovered. Such cases are very seldom met with, although a few are on record.