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April 9, 1887

THE PATHOLOGY OF PUERPERAL CONVULSIONS.

JAMA. 1887;VIII(15):409. doi:10.1001/jama.1887.02391400017004

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Abstract

In regard to our editorial article on the " Treatment of Puerperal Convulsions," in The Journal of March 12, Dr. F. Walton Todd, of Stockton, Cal., writes:

" I do dot think that a misleading expression (me judice) in your editorial of the March 12th number, on the "Treatment of Puerperal Convulsions" should go unchallenged. You say: 'We need not stop here to discuss the pathology of puerperal convulsions.' In that lies the success or failure of our treatment of this frightful disease. That some cases are apoplectic while others are epileptic is clearly manifest from treatment, and abundantly attested by leading obstetricians of our own and foreign countries; and he who relies upon the hypodermic injection of morphine, on chloroform, chloral, veratrum viride, or the bromides in the apoplectic form will be doomed to disappointment; and he who relies upon the lancet in the epileptic will equally fail of a happy

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