The mother of this child, aged 22, was one of a family of six children, all of whom are living and well. She weighed 145 pounds (66 Kg.) and was strong, healthy and well nourished. Her past history was entirely negative. The father, aged 26, was a member of a family of five children, all of whom are living and well. He weighed 140 pounds (64 Kg.) and had always been well and strong. The Kahn (and Wassermann) reaction was normal in both parents.
The pregnancy was normal except for severe vomiting of pregnancy at the end of the third month. This was controlled by hospitalization, treatment with intravenous dextrose and with diet. The remaining days of the prenatal care were uneventful.
The mother went into labor about 4 a. m. Severe bleeding began and after examination a diagnosis of placenta praevia marginalis and breech presentation was made. Under chloroform