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March 1, 1890


JAMA. 1890;XIV(9):311-312. doi:10.1001/jama.1890.02410090023003

We are unable to agree with our esteemed contemporary, The New York Medical Journal, in the opinion expressed in the editorial columns of a late issue,1 that the signs of the times point to a lack of interest in the theory and practice of midwifery, indicative of the "decay of obstetrics." While prepared to admit that current medical writings are constituted in a disproportionate degree by contributions from practitioners blessed with the "abdominal instinct" and endowed with an affection for "pus tubes," still we think that obstetrics receives adequate representation in that which shall abide as the real literature of the day.

From among the numerous topics that have successfully engaged attention during the past year, and that might all be cited as illustrative of the truth of the proposition just formulated, we select placenta prævia, as well on account of recent material advances in doctrinal knowledge, as by

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