Physiology and Pathology in the Perinatal Period

  • R. H. Gevers
  • J. H. Ruys

Part of the Boerhaave Series for Postgraduate Medical Education book series (BSPM, volume 4)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-VIII
  2. A. Sikkel
    Pages 1-2
  3. T. K. A. B. Eskes
    Pages 28-38
  4. R. H. Gevers, P. E. R. Rhemrev, J. Favier
    Pages 39-56
  5. F. Kubli, H. Rüttgers
    Pages 57-75
  6. J. H. Ruys
    Pages 103-114
  7. A. Sikkel
    Pages 126-135
  8. F. Kubli
    Pages 136-144
  9. J. J. Van Zanten
    Pages 158-164
  10. J. L. J. Gaillard
    Pages 165-168
  11. H. H. Van Gelderen
    Pages 169-176
  12. J. H. Ruys
    Pages 177-190
  13. Back Matter
    Pages 193-199

About this book


The course of history is never one of smooth progression. Periods of relative quietness are interrupted by periods of wars and revolution. This pattern resembles that of a river which, before flowing into the delta, has to pass countless rapids. The same holds for the development of the science of medicine. In obstetrics some of these 'revolutions' or 'rapids' consist of the introduction of conservative obstetrical treatment by Lucas Johann Boer at the beginning of the nineteenth century, the discovery of the cause of puerperal sepsis by Oliver Wendell Holmes and Semmelweiss between 1843 and 1847, the introduction of the principle of asepsis by Pasteur in 1874, the introduction of prenatal care at the end of the nine­ teenth and the beginning of the twentieth century (Mijnlieff, Treub, De Snoo), the improvement of surgical techniques, the possibility to treat shock by bloodtransfusion, and, finally, the acquisition of new means for the effective therapy of infection. All these developments have led to a sharp reduction of maternal and perinatal mortality. In this connection it must be pointed out that such a reduction could never have been accomplished without the favourable social changes as a result of which medical and prenatal care could be made universally available. In recent years there has been another revolutionary develop­ ment in obstetrics. Two factors have been responsible for this: the ap­ plication of basic sciences in obstetrics, and the dissolution of the isolation with respect to other clinical disciplines.


child evolution infection medicine monitoring mortality newborn obstetrics pathology placenta sepsis shock surgical technique therapy treatment

Editors and affiliations

  • R. H. Gevers
    • 1
  • J. H. Ruys
    • 1
  1. 1.Leiden University HospitalThe Netherlands

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1971
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-94-010-3150-9
  • Online ISBN 978-94-010-3148-6
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