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April 19, 1902


JAMA. 1902;XXXVIII(16):1008-1009. doi:10.1001/jama.1902.02480160030003

Maternity hospital statistics show low mortality from sepsis. Private practice, however, still has too many cases of puerperal fever. Often the physician is to blame through ignorance of the proper technique of surgical cleanliness, or through a too great readiness to interfere.

In an article* in the present number of The Journal is the following:

"It seems strange that we are obliged to admit that puerperal wound infection in the ordinary daily practice of physicians is of almost as frequent occurrence and is followed by as severe constitutional symptoms and with as high rate of mortality as it was fifty years ago. Many physicians have been slow to grasp the importance of the principles underlying modern surgical teaching or, while knowing these principles, they have yet failed to apply them to obstetric work and consequently have not profited by them. They are still too often seeking consolation and explanation of