We have but recently entered a new era in obstetrics, disregarding the traditions and prejudices of the past according to which the infant was in every case sacrificed whenever in its unaided efforts to be born it in any way conflicted with the maternal well-being.
In the present era we maintain that those who practice obstetrics must keep in mind that the primary purpose of conception is reproduction, and that obstetrics is successful only when we deliver a live, healthy child from an unmutilated mother. The progress has been along surgical lines and the technic of the different procedures has been fairly well outlined, but as yet we have been unable to define distinctly the fields belonging to craniotomy, axis traction, forceps on the floating head, pubiotomy, vaginal cesarean section and abdominal cesarean section.
Regardless of the surgical progress which obstetrics has made, we cannot forget that the most important
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