The subject of hæmorrhage from the umbilicus and umbilical cord of infants during the first few days after birth has received very little attention from the profession. And I am led to think this condition has not received the amount of consideration it deserves. It is fortunately of infrequent occurrence, and having seen four cases, I have ventured to prepare this paper upon that subject.
Any malady having a mortality rate of 76 per cent., occurring ever so seldom, should command more earnest attention from the medical profession than is shown by the literature upon this grave condition of the newly-born. It should not be cast aside with but superficial consideration; it should be carefully studied. In this paper I have considered only the variety of omphalorrhagia in which there are usually manifestations of a general condition.
The seventeenth century brought us the first allusion to this subject, since which