It is not my intention to go over the whole subject of placenta previa and the various methods of treatment, because this has been done so thoroughly in the past two years as to be unnecessary. It is worthy of remark, however, that the importance of this condition has been forcibly brought home to the profession by the advocates of Cesarean section, and the treatment of this serious condition has taken on new interest.
At the time when I reported1 the first entirely successful Saenger-Cesarean section for placenta previa there was little on record of value regarding the frequency and mortality in the various forms of this complication. At that time I had delivered but one case with placenta previa, and that only partial, in which rupture of the membranes allowed the head to engage, and mother and child survived, but I had in mind other cases with less
DONOGHUE FD. WHAT CASES OF PLACENTA PREVIA CAN BE BEST TREATED BY CESAREAN SECTION? JAMA. 1902;XXXIX(11):620–624. doi:10.1001/jama.1902.52480370028001h
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