(Read before the Section on Obstetrics and Diseases of Women, June, 1883.)
In no one thing has the wisdom and genius of the age been more thoroughly exhibited than in the advance and elevation of the art of midwifery. Once considered an inferior branch of medicine, it has, through the vigor and enlightenment of those pursuing ing it, risen to the highest rank in the scale of the sciences. Men have learned to properly appreciate the knowledge and skill by which, in the most cal hours of existence, pain is ameliorated, sorrow assuaged, and life saved. Through the goodness of God, the original curse placed on the mothers of men has been softened, if not nullified. “In sorrow thou shalt bring forth children” will, before this generation tion has passed away, be but a record of the agony of the past.
In the consideration of this subject, my purpose is