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December 3, 1887

LITHIASIS IN PREGNANCY.Read in the Section on Obstetrics and Diseases of Women, at the Thirty-Eighth Annual Meeting of the American Medical Association, June, 1887.

JAMA. 1887;IX(23):705-708. doi:10.1001/jama.1887.02400220001001

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When honored by an invitation to contribute a paper to the proceedings of the Obstetrical Section of the American Medical Association, I was anxious to select a topic which, while possessing some novelty and belonging to the wider domain of General Medicine, might be useful and pertinent to the subjects within the province of this department.

It is some years since first I observed the frequent manifestations of certain symptoms during pregnancy, and their subsequent persistence, that could be explained most satisfactorily by ascribing them to the influence of the lithic acid diathesis. Additional observation and reflection having satisfied me that the association was more than coincidental, I have concluded to submit my speculations to the consideration of this Section. That many observers have noticed the association of lithiasis with pregnancy is beyond question, but I am not aware of any attempt to present the facts and inferences in continuity.

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