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June 24, 1911

Puerperal Infection.

JAMA. 1911;LVI(25):1913-1914. doi:10.1001/jama.1911.02560250049030

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The author has undertaken to describe the etiology, bacteriology and pathology of puerperal infection with as great scientific accuracy as possible and at the same time to keep in mind the practical and clinical aspects of the various types of infection, giving with clearness and fulness the modern methods of diagnosis and treatment. In this attempt he has succeeded in giving a clear picture of this complex subject and has inspired confidence in his practical direction for treatment by his conservative views. After a short historical review and a short chapter on definitions, follows a brief discussion on frequency, mortality and morbidity in England, Germany and the United States. Unnecessary operative interference is rightfully blamed for the continuance of a high morbidity and mortality.

The difficult subject of etiology is concisely but well handled. The bacteriology of the female generative tract, during both normal pregnancy and the puerperium and in

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