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June 30, 1900


JAMA. 1900;XXXIV(26):1665-1668. doi:10.1001/jama.1900.24610260009001f

Hemorrhages at all times and under all conditions are matters of serious import; they signify responsibilities more or less grave, according to the organs involved and the amount of blood actually lost. Mere loss of blood, however, as measured and interpreted by ounces, does not necessarily indicate serious involvement of structure or function; and if not sudden and overwhelming in amount, this loss is in many individuals without apparent effect upon the economy, so quickly is the lost amount replaced by a new supply. At the same time, it is often surprising to see what inroads are made upon the system by small and repeated losses of blood continued only for a short period of time.

Hemorrhage after confinement presents itself in many interesting and important forms; and often demands the greatest skill and the best resources of the most accomplished medical man. Indeed, I can imagine no condition more

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