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December 4, 1886


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JAMA. 1886;VII(23):627-628. doi:10.1001/jama.1886.04250120011006

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Believing it to be the duty of the physician to report his failures as well as his successes, I wish to place on record the following case of placenta prævia, making the fifth that has occurred in my practice, and the first and only one that has resulted fatally.

On Sunday, September 26, 1886, about 1 p.m., I was called to see Mrs. J. L., who, as the messenger (the husband) stated, was about to be confined with her tenth child, but had not during the entire period of her pregnancy, felt right or natural, or as she felt during her previous pregnancies, and was therefore in constant fear that all was not well with her. She seemed to have a premonition that she would not live through her lying-in, having spoken of it frequently to her neighbors, friends and husband. Her mother and sister were buried with babes in

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