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September 14, 1946


JAMA. 1946;132(2):104. doi:10.1001/jama.1946.02870370050024

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To the Editor:—  Recently J. Pou Orfila, writing in Obstetricia y ginecologia latino-americanas2:663 [Sept.] 1944, stated that obstetrics and gynecology should be combined as one specialty and designated by one word, namely gynecology. Orfila's plea for one word is not illogical, since the term obstetrics and gynecology is cumbersome.The thought comes to mind that a new word like "gynemetrics" may be more suitable when referring to the art and science of obstetrics and gynecology. The derivation is gyne (woman), metra (uterus) and ic (pertaining to), all from the Greek.An obstetrician and gynecologist could readily be designated as a "gynemetrician." A textbook of obstetrics and gynecology could be called a "Textbook of Gynemetrics." Greenhill's Year Book could be named the "Year Book of Gynemetrics." The gray journal could be named the "American Journal of Gynemetrics." Moreover, the terms "Ob" and "Gyn" might thereby be relegated to obscurity.

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