While it may be true that the management of normal labor demands but little knowledge of obstetrics, and that childbirth under most circumstances will terminate favorably, it is unquestionably true that only a good knowledge of obstetrics will qualify a physician to meet successfully the difficulties which arise from time to time in the practice of this specialty. Indeed, thanks to modern surgery, our art has developed to a degree at which no condition contingent on gestation or parturition may occur which has no remedy. I do not say that the right thing is always done, or that any of us is so skilful as never to fail, but I do insist that every pregnant woman may reasonably expect to bring forth a live child. Perhaps I should qualify this statement to read: every woman pregnant with a viable child.
Marked contractions of the pelvis have clearly indicated but one
LEAVITT FE. MODERATE DEGREES OF PELVIC CONTRACTION AND THEIR OBSTETRIC PROBLEMS. JAMA. 1913;60(1):4–6. doi:10.1001/jama.1913.04340010006002
Coronavirus Resource Center
Customize your JAMA Network experience by selecting one or more topics from the list below.
Create a personal account or sign in to: