Recognition of the intimate relationship of obstetrics and gynecology has come a long way since male midwives were first admitted to the birth rooms and since Marion Sims laid the foundations for modern gynecology.
In the truly great teaching centers and in most important hospitals it has long since been recognized that obstetrics and gynecology are twin specialties and should be taught together and so far as possible practiced together. It is true that most obstetric patients are and should continue to be cared for by men in general practice. The general practitioner who does obstetric work should be gynecologically trained and able to evaluate the gynecologic problems of his patients.
The interlocking pathology and principles of treatment of the cervix uteri demonstrate this unity well. The cervix is not merely an appendage protruding into the vagina. It is a distinct structural and functional entity. Its disorders may be related
BAER JL. THE CERVIX UTERI IN OBSTETRICS AND GYNECOLOGY. JAMA. 1938;111(26):2357–2361. doi:10.1001/jama.1938.02790520013003
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