At 1 a. m., April 23, 1917, I was called seven miles from town to see Mrs. W., aged 25, with her first child. Pains had begun at 4 p. m. the preceding afternoon, and at 11:30 she had a convulsion. By the time I reached her she had had four convulsions, and a fifth quickly followed. In the intervals she was delirious, tossing about the bed. Restraint was necessary to keep her on the bed at all. On hasty examination I found the cervix dilated and the head in left occipito-anterior presentation on the perineum; but the patient seemed to be unable to deliver the child, mainly because she made no intelligent effort to aid the labor pains. Being alone, except for the assistance of an excited husband and a grandmother who could not speak English, I gave the patient ether and made a forceps delivery. When the patient
SNYDER JW. ECLAMPSIA AND LUMBAR PUNCTURE. JAMA. 1917;LXIX(13):1074. doi:10.1001/jama.1917.02590400034011
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