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October 26, 1889

Erysipelas Complicating Pregnancy.

JAMA. 1889;XIII(17):613. doi:10.1001/jama.1889.02401130035011

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To the Editor:  —In a paper read before the Indiana State Medical Society, June 6, 1888, on "Erysipelas Complicating Pregnancy," the following conclusions were based on an analysis of thirty-seven cases:

  1. The nearer to full term the attack of erysipelas, the less danger of death and greater certainty of abortion or premature delivery.

  2. That nearly all cases complicated by puerperal peritonitis die, while those not thus complicated get well.

  3. That there is less danger of death to the pregnant in the later months of pregnancy suffering with erysipelas than to the parturient to whom erysipelatous virus has been conveyed, producing puerperal peritonitis.

  4. That the dangers to the pregnant or parturient are greatest in the active invasive stage of erysipelas; that puerperal septicaemia is not so likely to follow those cases of abortion or premature delivery occurring in the retrogressive stage of the erysipelatous inflammation, and that the dangers grow less

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