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Maternal mortality in pre-Columbian Indians of Arica, Chile.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  3056025     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
A study of female mummies representing seven pre-Columbian Andean populations of Arica, Chile, dating from 1300 B.C. (Azapa phase) to A.D. 1400 (Gentilar phase), disclosed that 18 (14% of the total) had died from childbirth-complicated death (CCD). The majority of these individuals appear to have died during puerperium, three of them without complete delivery. Higher rates of CCD were found in the earlier cultural phases (1300 B.C.-A.D. 600) after which the maternal mortality rate decreased. The precise causes of this mortality are not known, but septic conditions, acute diseases, and cultural practices relating to birth are implicated.
B Arriaza; M Allison; E Gerszten
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Historical Article; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  American journal of physical anthropology     Volume:  77     ISSN:  0002-9483     ISO Abbreviation:  Am. J. Phys. Anthropol.     Publication Date:  1988 Sep 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1988-12-12     Completed Date:  1988-12-12     Revised Date:  2005-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0400654     Medline TA:  Am J Phys Anthropol     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  35-41     Citation Subset:  IM; Q    
Department of Anthropology, Arizona State University, Tempe 85287-2402.
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MeSH Terms
History, Ancient
Maternal Mortality*
Middle Aged
Obstetric Labor Complications / mortality*

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