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September 17, 1898


JAMA. 1898;XXXI(12):644. doi:10.1001/jama.1898.92450120018002h

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As I believe there are important points in the diagnosis and treatment of false labor pains which are not mentioned by the majority of obstetric text-books, I desire to present this minor subject and obtain your opinions. As we are called to our dispensary cases as soon as the pains occur every ten minutes, we have seen a proportionately large number of patients suffering from false labor pains. At times calls to such cases have been nearly as frequent as to real labor.

Synonyms.  —Premonitory pains, dolores presagientes, and, if you will allow me, threatening premature labor.

Definition.  —False labor pains are pains which simulate true labor pains but are not at the beginning the result of compression or tearing of the nerves of the birth canal.

Time.  —Generally in the last weeks of pregnancy, but they may occur any time during pregnancy or even in the non-pregnant to a

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