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October 27, 1888

A CASE OF PLACENTA PREVIA.Read before the Medical Society of the District of Columbia, April 25, 1888.

JAMA. 1888;XI(17):591-592. doi:10.1001/jama.1888.02400690015001d

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Abstract

The subject of this report, Mrs. S., was a colored woman aet. 38, of medium height, small in stature, much reduced and emaciated by phthisis pulmonalis; married, one child 13 years old; no miscarriages, and had been in expectancy for some seven months when seen first by me.

According to her own statement, she had been ill of phthisis about two years, the physical signs of which were quite advanced. Through the kindness of Dr. Muncaster, who was attending her at the time for a slight uterine haemorrhage, I was asked to take charge of her case. A second haemorrhage occurred some three weeks later, though of little consequence so far as related to the quantity of blood lost.

My suspicion at once was that I had to deal with a case of placenta prævia, though an examination added little to strengthen or verify such a suspicion. The mouth of

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