The pathology of criminal abortion has to establish: 1. The causal nexus of premature expulsion of the ovum with the employment of internal medicinal or external mechanical means, adopted for the accomplishment of the desired criminal attempt. 2. To account for the illness or death of the mother during or after abortion.
The latter part of our subject, that referring to death of the mother, is comparatively easy to handle, because in the latter event cases have been frequently thoroughly investigated. The employment of modern histologic and bacteriologic methods to clear up the pathology of such cases is within easy reach. It is different when we approach the other part of our task. It is a notorious fact that only a small minority of the non-fatal cases, more particularly of the cases not complicated with serious, threatening disease of the mother, ever come to the notice of reputable, scientific members
HERZOG M. THE PATHOLOGY OF CRIMINAL ABORTION. JAMA. 1900;XXXIV(21):1310–1312. doi:10.1001/jama.1900.24610210016001d
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