This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1850 edition. Excerpt: ...connected with pregnancy, as consumption, and convalescence from fevers or other debilitating diseases. But at the same time it should be remembered that, while difficult labors sometimes depend on general feebleness of the constitution, yet they do not necessarily follow: for we occasionally see women in the last stage of consumption or typhoid fevers expel their children with ordinary facility, even but a few hours before their own decease. Yet, sometimes these debilitating diseases become the cause of action after premature excitement. 2. It is occasioned at times by over-distension of the uterus, combined with extreme thickness of the membranes, which produces paralysis of the womb, as over-distension of the bladder produces paralysis of that organ. This may be caused by superabundance of the liquor amnii, or by dropsy of the desidua or of the chorion, called, when it occurs, the false waters. When inertia arises from this cause, which may be presumed in the absence of all others, the abdomen will be unusually large, and the os uteri pretty well dilated or dilatable. 3. Sometimes it may be produced by too early evacuation of the liquor amnii, which is occasionally known to take place some days or even weeks previous to the commencement of labor-pains; and in other cases it occurs at the beginning of the first stage of labor: this is caused by bringing the hard head of the child to dilate the os uteri, instead of the soft, wedge-like, dilating power of the liquor amnii in the membranes. 4. Again, it may be caused in some instances by very sudden and powerful affections of the mind, such as fear, anger, joy, &c. These at times so strongly affect some individuals, as to produce a complete suspension of their pains. SECTION II. TREATMENT OK...
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