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December 10, 1927


Author Affiliations

From the Committee on Maternal Health, 370 Seventh Avenue, New York.

JAMA. 1927;89(24):2012-2015. doi:10.1001/jama.1927.02690240004002

There are problems within our specialty, such as the working of the Sheppard-Towner Act, and there are others bound to arise which should make a glance at certain foreign experience of suggestive value. One good of travel is that it has a way of shaking up smug convictions. Thus, until it visited Scandinavia last summer, the American Gynecological Club may have thought that there was but one ideal solution of the midwife problem, or that our private patient pavilions were the last word, or that governments might better leave gynecology and obstetrics alone. As another example, the group of students of human fertility and sterility called the Committee on Maternal Health, which is busied in the survey of a terrain that is in part incognita to the American Medical Association, has been interested to discover that two great European nations such as Italy and Russia—each a government unafraid, and no