The following more or less desultory and somewhat reminiscent remarks, on which I ask your kind indulgence, are given not for any exact historical value which they may contain, but more as a sort of reminder, lest we forget.
As I began the study of medicine while the development of the science of gynecology as a specialty was in its infancy, and that of abdominal surgery practically in the stage of incubation, and as I have had the opportunity of over forty years of observation, as a physician, to note the many brilliant achievements not only of the fathers of our specialty, but also of many of their successors, and to observe as well, during this time, the relative and comparative running capacity (to use a sporting term) between the gynecologist and the general surgeon, it would seem well in this day of Prussianistic surgery that I should consider a
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