Obstetrics in the past has been concerned with such questions as the propriety of using anesthesia during labor and the desirability of using sutures to close the uterine wound after cesarean section. Obstetrics in the future will have to face equally fundamental questions. New knowledge is needed in order to solve the problems of premature birth, stillbirth, neonatal death, congenital malformations, and toxemia of pregnancy. Better utilization of existing knowledge is needed also, especially in training the personnel that will be required if adequate, individualized care is to be given to future obstetric patients, in view of the soaring birthrate.
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