In this small monograph the author reviews briefly the present treatment of eclampsia. In that the cause of this obstetric complication is not known, he evaluates the various therapeutic measures that have been used in the large clinics of the world. The prophylactic treatment of eclampsia is probably the most important measure in the therapy of the disease. To this end, good antepartum care is necessary. He thus makes a plea for the widespread use of antepartum care in all obstetric patients.
The author concludes from statistics from his own clinic in Leipzig, as well as from many other representative clinics, that certain principles stand out in the treatment of eclampsia. The disease should be treated in the preeclamptic stage by rest, sedatives and concentrated dextrose solutions and, if the condition fails to improve, the termination of pregnancy is advocated. This can usually be done by the mechanical induction of