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July 29, 1911


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Surgeon to Grant Hospital COLUMBUS, OHIO

JAMA. 1911;LVII(5):393. doi:10.1001/jama.1911.04260070397013

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Within the last two years an unusually large number of articles have appeared in the medical press on the subject of placenta prævia, the last article being the exhaustive one by Ellice McDonald, in Surgery, Gynecology, and Obstetrics, of June, 1911. In these different articles, and in the various text-books at my command, I fail to find any reference whatever to the possibility of concealed hemorrhage going on after the leg had been brought down by the Braxton-Hicks method.

That that is a very real danger, however, though undoubtedly very rare, is evidenced by a case which I saw in consultation about two years ago.

The patient was in charge of an unusually well-qualified young physician, a graduate of Johns Hopkins. She was a multipara, whose previous labors had been easy. She had been having slight hemorrhages, but nothing alarming. Further delay, however, being thought inadvisable, she was brought to

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