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The subject which I have the honor of bringing before you is one which demands as much consideration as any in the whole category of medicine or surgery, because it is one of the most frequent complications of labor, and if the means and remedies are not applied and administered speedily and effectually, death is sure to ensue.
It is most apt to come on at a time when least expected, and if not properly treated to be rapidly fatal. Practitioners in general are too apt to consider all cases of labor normal, and not make any preparations for this accident, which is likely to occur at any time; so it is our duty to impress upon them the necessity of careful preparation and of a thorough study of each individual case. Obtain, if possible, the patient's family history, discover whether she is, or is not, of a family of
KERR JP. PUERPERAL HEMORRHAGE. Read in the Section of Obstetrics and Diseases of Women, at the Forty-fourth Annual Meeting of the American Medical Association. JAMA. 1893;XXI(13):452–455. doi:10.1001/jama.1893.02420650018001d
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