Hemorrhage of the suprarenal capsules is the most common visceral hemorrhage of the newborn. Malei,1 Rolleston and Le Conte2 found the surprising average of 45 per cent. of adrenal hemorrhages in the newborn in 230 autopsies, and only 1 per cent. in adults. These figures probably exaggerate the real conditions, but they illustrate the fact that suprarenal hemorrhage is common in the newborn and much more common than in adults.
Hamill3 in 1901 wrote an exhaustive paper reporting 90 cases. We have collected an additional 29 cases, 27 from the literature and the two reported in this paper. Conclusions are drawn from these 119 cases.
—Baby W., born March 21, 1905, 10 p. m., in a general hospital, after normal labor; weight 7% pounds. Baby was normal in every way until it was 48 hours old, when it refused to nurse, was very fretful, and
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