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May 31, 1902

Inefficiency of Self-Constituted Midwives.

JAMA. 1902;XXXVIII(22):1455. doi:10.1001/jama.1902.02480220041024

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Berlin, Wis., May 16, 1902.

To the Editor:  I enclose an outline of a little of my experience; if proper to print in our valuable Journal it is at your service.The testimony presented to the coroner's jury summoned by Justice Biggert to investigate the cause of death of Mrs. John Secoro, who died in child-bed, May 12, showed she flowed to death and that the midwife rendered no assistance. Neither was she fitted by medical knowledge to give assistance in such cases.The above clipping is from our local paper.I trust it may seem time to most of us to call a halt, as far as possible, in this matter, as many like instances occur in every large community, due to the inefficiency of self-constituted midwives.Being summoned, at the last moment, to attend the above case, I found the woman dead. She might have been buried and

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