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FETAL DEATH:  A STUDY OF ONE HUNDRED AND NINETEEN DEATHS IN A SERIES OF CASES

J. G. McQUARRIE, M.D.
JAMA. 1919;73(21):1574-1576. doi:10.1001/jama.1919.02610470010003.
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Williams1 reported, in 1915, his series of 705 fetal deaths occurring in 10,000 consecutive cases at the Johns Hopkins Hospital. His total of 7 per cent. mortality included babies from the seventh month of gestation to fourteen days after delivery. Holt and Babbitt2 reported in the same year a series of 10,000 cases from the Sloan Maternity Hospital. Their total mortality was 7.2 per cent., of which 4.2 per cent. represented stillbirths, while 3 per cent, occurred in infants who died within fourteen days following delivery; of these, half died during the first day. The mechanism of the various causes of death during labor has been discussed in a paper by Reed.3

My purpose, in this paper, is to record another series of carefully observed cases, which should be of added interest since, as far as I can determine, there is only one similar report from any of

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