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February 5, 1887

A CASE OF CONCEALED PLACENTAL HÆMORRHAGE

JAMA. 1887;VIII(6):144-145. doi:10.1001/jama.1887.02391310004001a

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Abstract

Mrs. L. T., aged 24, of German descent, and of good form and constitution, having previously borne two healthy children at term, the labors being natural and easy, was badly frightened while driving on August 3, 1886, being then, as she thought, about four months pregnant, and believing that she had repeatedly felt motion in the child. After the ride, although not feeling well, she had no serious symptoms until the forenoon of the next day, when a sense of nausea, faintness, and dull pain in the left side came on, and gradually increased until such alarming prostration occurred that medical aid was sought.

I saw her first at 1 P.M., when her condition was as follows: Very pale and faint; breathing rapid, and anxious; feels as if suffocating; pulse feeble almost to extinction; has a feeling of great distress in left side of abdomen, reaching from crest of ilium

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