On the Signs and Diseases of Pregnancy

On the Signs and Diseases of Pregnancy

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1868 edition. Excerpt: ... the mole. The evidence on this point shows, then, that the embryo perishes at so early a period as often to leave no traces behind it; or, in other words, that it does not survive a period, which may be roughly fixed as the end of the second month. The question has sometimes been raised as to whether a portion of the fully developed placenta left in the uterus--that portion extracted at the time of labor being free from cystic degeneration--can subsequently become the seat of hydatidiform disease? Thus, a pregnant woman loses her husband: at the time of labor part of the placenta is retained: this portion may undergo-let us for a moment suppose--cystic degeneration and become enlarged, so that when expelled some weeks or months afterwards it will give rise to most injurious suspicions against the widow's virtue. Now, can this really happen? In the present state of our knowledge it must only be replied that such an occurrence is in the highest degree improbable; but there are two conditions which forbid my saying that it is impossible. One possible occurrence is, that a small portion of the chorion villi may have become accidentally separated from the embryo at an early period, and have been then altered; while the remainder has grown normally. The other condition which should be admitted arises in eases of twin gestation, when one ovum perishes at an early date and the chorion villi degenerate. The diseased mass may then be retained after the expulsion of the healthy foetus at the normal termination of gestation; or it may be expelled some weeks previously without interfering with the other embryo and placenta. This latter occurrence seems to have taken place in the case of the celebrated anatomist Beclard; whose mother when...show more

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  • Paperback | 226 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 12mm | 413g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236829328
  • 9781236829320