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October 23, 1909

THE TREATMENT OF PUERPERAL INFECTION: A STUDY OF THE CASES TREATED DURING THE LAST FOUR YEARS

JAMA. 1909;LIII(17):1386-1389. doi:10.1001/jama.1909.92550170001001k
Abstract

This report comprises 61 cases, nearly all of which were treated at Wesley and St. Luke's hospitals. Most were cases of severe infection, as the mild cases are usually not referred to the hospital. A number of the patients had been curetted once or twice, had had intranterine treatment, had become worse and were sent to the hospital. Twenty-eight of them had a temperature of 103+. In 33 cases the temperature was less than 103; 28 of the patients had an inflammatory exudate in the pelvis. This is the same number that had a temperature of 103+, but there were 9 with pelvic exudate with a temperature of less than 103. Six patients had suppurative peritonitis.

Blood examinations were made as a routine in all the cases. The leucocyte count varied from 5,000 to 58,000, and there were very few that were of

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