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March 10, 1962

Delivery of Mother and Child

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Straub Clinic, 1000 Ward Ave., Honolulu 14, Hawaii.

JAMA. 1962;179(10):824. doi:10.1001/jama.1962.03050100078020

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To the Editor:—  With reference to the "delivery" of babies (JAMA178:782 [Nov. 18] 1961), not even Dr. Fishbein, with or without dictionary support, can stop doctors from delivering babies. They do it all the time. Any dictionary that doesn't say that "deliver" means, among other things, "assist at the birth of [a baby or a person]," has just not completely defined the word. My grandfather delivered Thomas E. Dewey. He also delivered Mr. Dewey's mother. The second statement is far less interesting and informative than the first. It is not one bit more "correct." Usage is the determinant, not the dictionary.

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