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October 26, 1889

FIVE HUNDRED DELIVERIES WITHOUT DEATH IN THE PRESTON RETREAT.Read in the Section of Obstetrics and the Diseases of Women, at the Fortieth Annual Meeting of the American Medical Association, June, 1889.

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JAMA. 1889;XIII(17):586. doi:10.1001/jama.1889.02401130008001c

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In making this report I desire to call attention to the accommodations Of the Preston Retreat, and its routine treatment of puerperal cases, rather than make a minute analysis of a large number of cases.

The 500 cases reported date from the last death occurring in the Retreat, more than five years ago, and include 275 confinements under Dr. Goodell's care before his resignation as physician in charge. The series had extended to nearly 600 cases before the first death occurred, during my service as physician in charge. Between these deaths there has not been a case of puerperal septicaemia in the institution. Both of these deaths being from puerperal eclampsia in patients suffering from chronic Bright's disease.

The Retreat is a maternity hospital endowed by the will of Dr. Jonas Preston to furnish accommodations for poor, respectable, married women during their lying-in period. The building, standing in an open

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