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January 2, 1892


JAMA. 1892;XVIII(1):13-14. doi:10.1001/jama.1892.02411050019005

Death in child-bed is justly regarded with special horror. And of all these deaths, those arising from septic influences are particularly unfortunate. The subject of puerperal septicæmia was recently discussed before the British Gynecological Society,1 with the result of eliciting some very diverse views upon the subject.

Prof. Oliver, of the University of Durham, stated that within a period of eighteen months, he had seen twenty-five cases of puerperal septicæmia in Newcastle and the immediate district. So great a number of cases had given rise to the suspicion of an epidemic influence. Once or twice he had seen three fresh cases in ten days, in the practice of different medical men, with no other cases in their hands then or since, and all in different parts of the town or neighborhood. The largest number of cases were seen in December and April. Dr. Oliver was of the opinion that

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