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January 4, 1913


Author Affiliations

Professor of Obstetrics in the University of Pittsburgh and Medical Director of the Elizabeth Steel Magee Hospital PITTSBURGH

JAMA. 1913;60(1):32-38. doi:10.1001/jama.1913.04340010034013

It is most gratifying to note the interest which has been awakened in the midwife problem during the past few years. The outlook is hopeful and an attempted early solution of the question may be anticipated. The danger lies in too great haste. Either we are going to settle the matter to our credit and future welfare, or we are going to make a serious and perhaps irreparable mistake. My own feeling is that the great danger lies in the possibility of attempting to educate the midwife and in licensing her to practice midwifery, giving her thereby a legal status which later cannot perhaps be altered. If she once becomes a fixed element in our social and economic system, as she now is in the British Isles and on the Continent, we may never be able to get rid of her. I agree with Dr. E. P. Davis, that she

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