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January 27, 1912

Medical Education and Obstetrics

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Annapolis, Md.

JAMA. 1912;LVIII(4):296. doi:10.1001/jama.1912.04260010296028

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To the Editor:  —I was much interested in Dr. Williams' article, "Medical Education and the Midwife Problem in the United States" (The Journal, Jan. 6, 1012, p. 1). I especially noted the sentence, "After eighteen years' experience in teaching what is probably the best body of medical students ever collected in this country,.... I would unhesitatingly state that my own students are unfit on graduation to practice obstetrics in its broad sense, and are scarcely prepared to handle normal cases." If this is true at the Johns Hopkins, it would seem that Dr. Williams is himself responsible for an unfortunate state of affairs, for he admits that he has the care of the instruction of good students, and to my knowledge, he has a fair-sized ward, and two years are, or were, allowed to perfect the students in this art. In my opinion the whole trouble lies in the fact

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