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March 31, 1888


JAMA. 1888;X(13):410. doi:10.1001/jama.1888.02400390030016

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Dear Sir:  —On February 22, 1888, I was called by her husband to see Mrs. B., æt. 24, multipara, whom I found in labor. The labor had advanced to the second stage, and she was delivered in about thirty minutes after my arrival of a well-developed male fœtus. The labor was normal in every respect, and there was no hæmorrhage nor laceration of cervix or perineum. She had been in good health prior to labor, with the exception of the last three days, during which she had suffered from a very severe throbbing headache. After delivery this headache continued, and about thirty minutes after delivery was completed she suddenly passed into general convulsions. In the course of an hour and a half she had seven very severe convulsive attacks. I sent for counsel at once, which, however, did not reach me until after the convulsions had ceased. Immediately after the

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