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August 15, 1966

Responsibility of Gynecology and Obstetrics

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Portland, Ore

JAMA. 1966;197(7):594. doi:10.1001/jama.1966.03110070118040

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Explosions in recent years—atomic bombs, knowledge, and population—have produced changes affecting each of us in our daily lives. Much has been written about the social impact of the atomic explosions. The knowledge explosion has produced feelings of inadequacy and frustration from the rapidity of obsolescence. The population explosion has made it imperative that man learn to live with his fellow man.

Many physicians have a tendency to shun social responsibility, and an attitude of "sociology for the sociologists" often prevails. That physicians neither can nor should avoid this responsibility has been aptly pointed out by Allan C. Barnes, the editor of Social Responsibility of Gynecology and Obstetrics. He writes, "this is not to say that the gynecologist-obstetrician can solve these problems alone, but neither can he hide from them."

The book compiles the information presented at a conference in Baltimore. Facts about population explosions and means for its control are