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November 28, 1931


JAMA. 1931;97(22):1636-1637. doi:10.1001/jama.1931.02730220058021

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The British College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists  The recently founded British College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists has held its inaugural ceremonies, at which honorary fellowships were conferred on Prof. Paul Bar of Paris, Professor Essen-Möller of Lund, and Prof. J. Whitridge Williams of Baltimore. In proposing the toast of the college, Sir Thomas Horder expressed surprise that it was not formed long ago. Obstetrics was not comparable to the more limited specialties, such as ophthalmology, laryngology and dermatology. It was more fundamental, for it had to do with the entry of a new individual into the world, with all the precariousness attaching to the first few days of existence and with all those accidents—physiologic, chemical, anatomic and infective—which may befall the expectant, actual and recent mother. Some day we might be able to boast of an academy of medicine of which the three pillars would be medicine, surgery and obstetrics.

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