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May 1932

PERSPIRATION: II. THE ABSENCE OF THE ASCHHEIM-ZONDEK HORMONE IN PREGNANCY

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PHILADELPHIA

Arch Derm Syphilol. 1932;25(5):852-853. doi:10.1001/archderm.1932.01450020878010
Abstract

The fact that during pregnancy a hormone is eliminated in the urine naturally prompts thoughts to other secretions such as the saliva, sweat glands, etc. The last named are such remarkably efficient agents in preventing the elimination of certain body products and drugs1 that the opportunity must not be lost when presented to inquire whether this extends also to hormones, particularly since the presence or absence of this hormone has been made so unequivocal of late and been so whole-heartedly accepted as a diagnostic test for pregnancy.

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Perspiration was collected in a rubber sheet from six colored women, all in the eighth to ninth month of pregnancy, by means of the electric light cabinet. A vulvar pad was applied to prevent possible contamination of materials by urine. Abundance of water was urged on the subjects, but no drugs were administered. As 100 cc. of perspiration suffices for a

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