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December 6, 1890


JAMA. 1890;XV(23):829-830. doi:10.1001/jama.1890.02410490021003

Professor Winckel seems to think that the obstetricians of the West do not know very much about pelvimetry. At least, this is the construction we put upon the following sentences that may be found on page 460 of Edgar's Translation of Winckel's:1 "When I hear statements made, such as those I often heard in America, in 1886, that narrowing of the pelvis hardly ever occurs there, I can only say that the clinical observation of normal and abnormal labor is still at a very low ebb in the whole of North America, with the exception of New York, Boston, and Philadelphia. Not alone are the majority of obstetrical wards very imperfect, but even in the larger services of this kind, for example, in the San Francisco County Hospital, they are entirely inaccessible to the student, and there is no question of the thorough working up of the material for

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