JAMA 100 Years Ago Section Editor: Jennifer
Reiling, Assistant Editor.
CHAIRMAN'S ADDRESS, DELIVERED BEFORE THE SECTION ON OBSTETRICS AND DISEASES
OF WOMEN, AT THE FIFTY-THIRD ANNUAL MEETING OF THE AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION,
AT SARATOGA SPRINGS, N. Y.,
JUNE 10-13, 1902.
J. H. CARSTENS, M.D.
This question we may well ask ourselves, for we certainly will have
other things to do than to take out tumors and diseased tubes. The obstetric
part of our section has virtually been settled. Obstetrics is based on purely
mechanical laws, and in the vast majority of cases nature needs no help. The
small percentage of abnormal cases that require the assistance of the obstetrician
are now well understood. The patients are under observation from the beginning
of the pregnancy, many of the cases which would be serious are recognized
before that time, and by the induction of premature labor and other methods
many of the more severe cases, I might say severe confinements, are prevented.
WHAT OF THE FUTURE?. JAMA. 2002;287(23):3052. doi:10.1001/jama.287.23.3052