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September 14, 1889


JAMA. 1889;XIII(11):381-382. doi:10.1001/jama.1889.02401080021003

Dr. Grailey Hewitt's most recent communication "On the Severe Vomiting of Pregnancy," read at the last meeting of the American Gynecological Society, merited critical attention and adequate discussion. But it is a somewhat remarkable fact that neither the presence of the distinguished author himself, nor the valuable nature of his essay, was sufficient to draw out lively debate. The explanation, however, of this apparent slight put upon a foreigner is not hard to find. The surgical aspects of obstetrics and the diseases of women received the attention that ought to have been devoted to equally weighty matters of internal medicine.

Dr. Hewitt's paper relates chiefly to etiology-undoubtedly the topic of greatest import. He writes: "The conclusion suggested is substantially in agreement with the opinion of Desormeaux, expressed some years ago, that the vomiting is due to interference with expansion of the uterus. The cases related in this paper appear to