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July 2, 1892


JAMA. 1892;XIX(1):23. doi:10.1001/jama.1892.02420010029007

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In the Medical News, Dr. H. P. Howard, of Virginia, reports his personal experience with mistletoe as a substitute for ergot. In one case of very protracted labor, where there was apparent cessation of uterine contraction, the drug was of signal benefit, after a variety of other measures had been resorted to without the least benefit. He used the fluid extract at irregular intervals, with the effect of terminating labor in about five hours. There were produced a typically normal uterine contraction, both as to strength and regularity. The third stage of the labor was ended by the same pain as that which followed the expulsion of the fœtus. The womb then contracted firmly, promptly, equably and with a minimum amount of hæmorrhage. In this case delivery was almost wholly uterine in action. The patient was a chronic sufferer from cardiac asthma from mitral lesions and hypertrophy, also peritoneal inflammatory

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