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Puerperal Infection

  • Lance Townsend
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Abstract

Until the 1930s the commonest cause of maternal death was puerperal infection. Since then bacterial infections can be controlled so that although puerperal infection is still one of the five major causes of maternal death, the maternal death rate from infection has fallen from 330 per 100,000 in 1900 to 5 per 100,000 in 1970.

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© Sydney Lance Townsend 1978

Authors and Affiliations

  • Lance Townsend
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  1. 1.University of MelbourneAustralia

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