In obstetric practice there are various conditions when a patient should keep in the horizontal position for a longer or shorter period of time. For example, rest in bed is a very important part of the proper management of excessive vomiting of pregnancy. Sometimes it is necessary or very desirable to continue the rest treatment for several weeks. Threatened abortion or premature labor is also an indication for strict observance of a horizontal position. Occasionally this enforced rest must be maintained for months. The same thing is true for cases of heart and kidney diseases.
REST IN THE PUERPERIUM.
While the use of the horizontal position is at times of much value during pregnancy, it is during the puerperium especially that we have to consider its advantages and disadvantages, for here every puerpera is kept in bed for some time, the period depending on a variety of circumstances. It is
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