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February 9, 1901

CASES ILLUSTRATING VALUE OF RECTAL INJECTIONS OF SALT SOLUTION IN HEMORRHAGE AND THREATENED COLLAPSE

JAMA. 1901;XXXVI(6):380. doi:10.1001/jama.1901.52470060024001i
Abstract

On Sept. 16, 1899, I was called to see a woman suffering from hemorrhage due to abortion, at the end of the second month. She was virtually in a state of collapse, being pulseless and very pallid. I gave, hypodermically, nitroglycerin and atropin, near the shoulder.

Then, as soon as I could have it prepared, I injected nearly a half-gallon of hot salt solution into the bowel and held it there by pressure on the anus for one-half hour; her pulse came up, and she resumed to some extent, her natural color. I then put her on turpentine and ergot every two hours.

There was no more hemorrhage. The entire ovum was expelled, and there being no placenta I did not, in her prostrated condition, examine for clots. I saw her the next day, and found her doing well, with no further hemorrhage.

Case 2.  —On the night of

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