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March 18, 1911


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JAMA. 1911;LVI(11):804. doi:10.1001/jama.1911.02560110026009

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History.  —The mother was a strong, healthy woman, Danish, aged 26, a teacher before marriage, and gave no history of uterine or pelvic troubles. No known relatives have been deformed. It was a first labor and a midwife was in attendance for about twenty-four hours. When I arrived I found the position to be R. O. P. The cervix was dilated to about 5 cm. Mother and fetus were apparently normal. Uterine inertia and powerful uterine contractions alternated for the next five hours without dilating the cervix to any extent. Chloroform was then given, the cervix dilated manually and high forceps applied. After each pull on the forceps, the head sprang back to its original place as if pulled on by elastic band. There was considerable hemorrhage between and during the efforts at traction. After about one hour the head reached the vulva; a pair of hemostats was clamped on

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