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May 30, 1885


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JAMA. 1885;IV(22):600-603. doi:10.1001/jama.1885.02390970012001b

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Reading the debate on the etiology of stillborn born in the Journal of the American Medical Association, Vol. IV, No. 14, reported from the New York County Medical Society, in which some eminent professors participated, has reminded me of an intention to give my opinion regarding the etiology of stillbirth gathered from experience and observation, not found in obstetrical works, nor in the report above mentioned.

What are the causes that destroy the apparently healthy and fully developed fœtus of, so far as we can see, healthy parents ten or fourteen days before labor sets in? The cases which have come under my observation during fifty-five years of general practice have led me to leave the old travelled path of reasoning from the border line of probability, and begin to view the subject from the period of the dying of the fœtus in the womb. This led me to find

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