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
GROSS SD. LACERATIONS OF THE FEMALE SEXUAL ORGANS CONSEQUENT UPON PARTURITION; —THEIR CAUSES AND THEIR PREVENTION.. JAMA. 1884;III(13):337-345. doi:10.1001/jama.1884.02390620001001