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October 17, 1903


Author Affiliations

Clinical Lecturer, Diseases of Women and Abdominal Surgery, Starling Medical College; Chief of Staff and Surgeon to Lawrence Hospital for women; ex-President Central Ohio Medical Society; ex-Secretary Section on Obstetrics and Diseases of Women, American Medical Association. COLUMBUS, OHIO.

JAMA. 1903;XLI(16):951-955. doi:10.1001/jama.1903.92490350007001b

The popular prejudice against examination of the genital and pelvic structures in young girls is not confined to the laity, but, unfortunately, exists in the minds of many of the medical profession. There can be no question that on this altar of prejudice many otherwise useful lives have been sacrificed. The voice of this Section raised in protest will bring fruitage in healthier women, happier wives and more devoted mothers.

First.  —The young have, with those older, an equal right to relief from suffering and an equal right to protection from diseases which destroy their usefulness and may endanger life.

Second.  —Many, if not all, diseases of the pelvic structures are, in their incipiency, curable without recourse to operations which sacrifice important organs or parts.

Third.  —Delay in recognition of, or correction of even the simpler conditions, such as displacement of the uterus or ovaries, may, and too often does, result in such

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