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Mrs. H., æt. 35, multipara, was taken with convulsions at end of eighth month of pregnancy. At 4 o'clock in the morning of September 28 her husband was aroused from sleep by the convulsive action and labored breathing of his wife. I was called immediately and found patient in a comatose state; face and hands and, in fact, the whole body, ædematous to an uncommon extent. Being naturally plethoric, 16 ounces of blood were taken from the arm, followed by 10 grs. of calomel combined with ¼ gr. of elaterium. This procedure and treatment had a very happy effect in controlling the alarming symptoms. Elaterium was continued in 1/5 gr. doses administered every three hours, with 60 grs. of cream of tartar, until thorough watery stools were secured, which reduced the ædematous condition almost entirely.
Believing that urea decomposing in the blood causes the phenomena of eclampsia, benzoic acid was
BENNETT JH. A CASE OF ECLAMPSIA, WITH ALBUMINURIA; TREATMENT. JAMA. 1888;X(12):357. doi:10.1001/jama.1888.02400380009001d
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