At the last meeting of the American Medical Association held at Atlantic City, Dr. T. J. Watkins read a paper on the treatment of puerperal infection, advocating a non-interfering, expectant policy. In the discussion that followed, two widely divergent opinions were voiced. Some would immediately attack the uterus and empty it of its contents; others would wait for Nature to expel ovular remnants.
In proposing that a committee be appointed to investigate the subject, three purposes were kept in mind: (1) to obtain the opinions of authorities and of the profession at large, thus to learn what is the general teaching and practice of to-day; (2) to call general attention to the importance of the subject; (3) if possible, to formulate a course of procedure which would be generally applicable to the treatment of sepsis with retained ovular material.
It was decided to send a letter of inquiry to the
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