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September 27, 1884

LACERATIONS OF THE FEMALE SEXUAL ORGANS CONSEQUENT UPON PARTURITION; —THEIR CAUSES AND THEIR PREVENTION.

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EMERITUS PROFESSOR OF SURGERY IN THE JEFFERSON MEDICAL COLLEGE, PHILADELPHIA.

JAMA. 1884;III(13):337-345. doi:10.1001/jama.1884.02390620001001
Abstract

Read before the Section on Obstetrics and Diseases of Women, American Medical Association, May, 1884.

My object in appearing before you, as stated in the programme, is to read a paper on lacerations of the female sexual organs consequent upon parturition. It may seem odd, if not impertinent, to those of you who do not know me intimately, that I should venture to discourse upon such a subject so essentially in the hands of specialists; but they will perhaps pardon me if I tell them that, although I have all my professional life, now extending over a period of fifty-six years, been a general practitioner, yet during the first third of a century of that life I was more or less extensively engaged in obstetric practice; while during the last third I have had more or less to do almost daily with the treatment of female diseases requiring the use

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