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June 21, 1902

MATERNAL IMPRESSION "MARKS" CHILD FOR A FROG.

JAMA. 1902;XXXVIII(25):1623. doi:10.1001/jama.1902.62480250017002

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Abstract

Mrs. R., aged 31, of good intellectual ability, and not superstitious, gave birth, March 13, 1902, to a stillborn, seven months' male child.

Fetal movements were noticeable the previous evening and death seemed to have been due to a long second stage, it being 3½ hours in length.

The child having no neck, the head was almost immovable on the shoulders, so much so that it was a left brow presentation, the left shoulder following immediately, and so rigid were these parts that the maternal coccyx was strained backward sufficiently to cause extreme pain for a few days.

The child's eyes protrude far beyond the brows, and there appears to be no brain cavity, except two little sacs on the back of the head, with a smaller one between and posterior (cerebellum).

There are two parallel lines of bony prominences extending from the back of the head downward as far

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