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August 6, 1932

THE INTERRELATIONSHIP OF MOTHER AND FETUS: CHAIRMAN'S ADDRESS

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Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, the University of Chicago CHICAGO

JAMA. 1932;99(6):433-437. doi:10.1001/jama.1932.02740580001001
Abstract

The relations of mother and fetus are so intimate that it may appear entirely unnecessary to discuss their interrelationships, and yet the effect of the one on the other constitutes the fundamentals of obstetrics. The intertwining relations are so manifold, involving the physical, the mental, the psychologic, the social, and many other aspects of human life, that it would be difficult to discuss them all. Much might be said concerning the psychologic effect of no children, of abortions, of dead-born, of malformed or defective children and of too many children on the mother. It is not my intention to discuss these problems. It might be well to mention that a population equilibrium requires between three and four children in a family. Such an even distribution is not possible, since some couples will have more and others less. Arguments for the spacing of children have been advanced, and a reasonable interval

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