Scarlet fever occurring in the pregnant woman seems to be a pathological rarity which is accorded but scant space in every treatise which the writer of this paper has had opportunity to examine.
While the parturient woman is said to be very susceptible to infection during epidemics of scarlet fever, but very few cases of this disease occurring during the period of gestation are recorded.
The belief of the older obstetricians that pregnant women possessed immunity in a certain degree from acute infectious diseases having been abandoned by most writers of the present day, and thus establishing the rule that women during gestation are as liable to attacks of scarlet fever as at any other period of adult life, we are somewhat at a loss to account for the exceedingly small number of recorded cases.
Cazeaux never saw a case.
The American System of Obstetrics tells us that Olshausen collected