I am grateful for the honor of your addition of my name to the roster of obstetricians and gynecologists who have occupied the chairmanship of this section, and I appreciate the opportunity of presiding at its 94th meeting. I was tempted to prepare a Chairman's address concerning the misuse of words in our discipline. For example, when one really means "nullipara" he should not say "primipara." However, consideration of philosophical subjects and reports of progress in our specialty required me to seek a complete list of the titles of addresses of my predecessors. When it became evident that no such record was available, the title chosen offered its challenge.
1847 to 1876
At the first meeting of the American Medical Association in May, 1847, in Philadelphia, Nathaniel Chapman served as President. In that year Sir James Simpson introduced chloroform anesthesia in obstetrics, Semmelweis demonstrated the role of antisepsis in the
Beacham WD. HISTORY OF THE SECTION ON OBSTETRICS AND GYNECOLOGY OF THE AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION. JAMA. 1959;169(13):1471–1483. doi:10.1001/jama.1959.73000300005013
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