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May 10, 1902

Puerperal Infection in Private Practice.

JAMA. 1902;XXXVIII(19):1244. doi:10.1001/jama.1902.02480190049013

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So. Norridgewock, Maine, April 29, 1902.

To the Editor:  —In your issue of April 19, you voice the sentiment, editorially, that the "mortality, in private practice, from puerperal sepsis is greater to-day than in the pre-aseptic period."It seems to me that this statement is altogether too sweeping in its nature, and that a careful investigation will not bear out the allegation.For one, I can say that in five years in this field of 1800 people, with three practitioners, neither better nor worse than the average country doctor, there have been no deaths from puerperal sepsis, nor from any diseases that might have resulted from even a slight sepsis. I am very much inclined to think that Dr. Wiggin's statement and your editorial comment are overdrawn.

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