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June 14, 1890

What Killed the Woman?

JAMA. 1890;XIV(24):876-877. doi:10.1001/jama.1890.02410240032011

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To the Editor:  —On May 30, I was summoned to the bedside of a woman reported to be in labor, arriving at 8 o'clock in the morning. She was 31 years old, and had had two children, the last one six years ago. Her former labors were described as energetic and soon over with. She was well developed, active and accustomed to labor. At 5 o'clock in the morning she was getting breakfast, and being suddenly seized with pain, went to bed. When I arrived, the lady attending her told me the patient was "wasting." I found her with a quick, feeble pulse, pale, agitated, body cool, and seemingly in the condition of a person suffering from hæmorrhage. On examination, the os was found closed tight, and it was with much difficulty that I introduced the tip of the index finger. The patient said her time was not up, and

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