A historical overview of preeclampsia-eclampsia

J Obstet Gynecol Neonatal Nurs. 2010 Sep-Oct;39(5):510-8. doi: 10.1111/j.1552-6909.2010.01172.x.


Preeclampsia is a hypertensive, multisystem disorder of pregnancy whose etiology remains unknown. Although management is evidence-based, preventative measures/screening tools are lacking, treatment remains symptomatic, and delivery remains the only cure. Past hypotheses/scientific contributions have influenced current understanding of preeclampsia pathophysiology and guided management strategies and classification criteria. To provide insight into how past hypotheses/scientific contributions have shaped current practice trends, this article provides a historical overview of preeclampsia-eclampsia.

Publication types

  • Historical Article
  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural

MeSH terms

  • Eclampsia / classification
  • Eclampsia / etiology
  • Eclampsia / history*
  • Eclampsia / therapy
  • Female
  • History, 15th Century
  • History, 16th Century
  • History, 17th Century
  • History, 18th Century
  • History, 19th Century
  • History, 20th Century
  • History, 21st Century
  • History, Ancient
  • History, Medieval
  • Humans
  • Pre-Eclampsia / classification
  • Pre-Eclampsia / etiology
  • Pre-Eclampsia / history*
  • Pre-Eclampsia / therapy
  • Pregnancy