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Article
September 12, 1931

PROPHYLACTIC GYNECOLOGY IN POSTNATAL PATIENTS: BASED ON PERSONAL OBSERVATIONS OF ONE THOUSAND FIVE HUNDRED AND SIXTEEN POSTNATAL PATIENTS

JAMA. 1931;97(11):757-760. doi:10.1001/jama.1931.02730110007002
Abstract

Prophylactic gynecology has not kept pace with the strides made by preventive medicine in the last two decades. Although preventive gynecology may be practiced at different periods in a woman's life, only that form which is so necessary at the end of the normal involution period after parturition will be discussed in this study.

Prenatal care has produced such striking evidence of its importance, such as the almost complete absence of eclampsia in properly observed patients and the birth of normal babies to syphilitic mothers, that it is universally accepted. Studies have revealed the value of preventive gynecology during pregnancy and parturition. But it is too common to find that the care of the pregnant woman ceases with the delivery of the child. Postnatal care has not received sufficient attention or appreciation. Perhaps this indifference is due to the absence or small amount of evidence to demonstrate its value. However,

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