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November 22, 1952


Author Affiliations

From the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Grand Forks Clinic.

JAMA. 1952;150(12):1187-1188. doi:10.1001/jama.1952.03680120023007

The cervix uteri does not receive the attention it deserves in the practice of obstetrics. It is a hidden and a neglected portion of the birth-canal; hidden, because the physician too often does not think it important to palpate it, much less to visualize it, and neglected for the foregoing reason as well as because its anatomic and physiological functions are taken too much for granted.

If the above statements are true, it is not surprising that pathological changes in the cervix, sometimes of major importance to the health and well-being of the child-bearing woman, can and do remain unrecognized for long periods of time. As obstetricians and gynecologists, we feel that treatment of the postpartum cervix should be considered in three phases: (1) antepartum appraisal of the cervix in both primiparous and multiparous patients; (2) inspection of the cervix immediately post partum and, in suitable cases, immediate repair; and

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