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August 25, 1888

" Sioux Midwifery in Chicago." A Reply.

JAMA. 1888;XI(8):286. doi:10.1001/jama.1888.02400600034009

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Dear Sir:  —The dignity of a journal like The Journal requires impartiality towards every member of the Association, and a little reserve in the condemnation of professional opinions based on observation. They may not be in accordance with the ideas of the editors of The Journal, or the current methods of leading members of the profession. Is it a crime to have independent notions? Every honest endeavor to find a truth is honorable. To find what is best for suffering humanity must be the aim of our profession, not the glory of individuals. We may all err sometimes in striving to accomplish our aims. Erring is a human attribute—infallible only the Pope. I am willing to admit that I have been mistaken all these years, if The Journal convinces me that women have come to grief under my management. Let The Journal prove that my patients thought themselves cruelly maltreated.

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