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August 9, 1924

THE SPECIALTY OF GYNECOLOGY AND OBSTETRICS

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SAN FRANCISCO

JAMA. 1924;83(6):397-399. doi:10.1001/jama.1924.02660060001001
Abstract

We are meeting this week as a body of physicians who are keenly interested in the problems of general medicine, but whose chief interest lies in gynecology. For this reason, it seems appropriate at this time to review briefly the present status of our specialty, to prognosticate somewhat as to our future, and, as a logical sequence, to outline a proper training for those who will follow later in our field.

Gynecology, as it exists today, is the offshoot of a confused beginning some seventy years ago. It is a far cry from the gynecologist of the present day to the one of the early eighties, whose horizon was limited largely to the speculum, the sound and the curet. During these forty years, the world has seen the most tremendous advance in medicine in the history of time, completely outweighing all the medical discoveries and inventions that had been made

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