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February 9, 1884


JAMA. 1884;II(6):166-167. doi:10.1001/jama.1884.02390310026008

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Paris, January 16, 1884.

In opening his course of lectures as Professor of Clinical Obstetrics, to which chair he had recently succeeded the late Prof. Depual, Prof. Pajot pointed out the necessity of adjoining a chair of gynæcology to that of obstetrics, as he said that both branches were so intimately connected that he could not understand how such a desideratum was allowed to exist, and he believed that France stood alone in this respect. Under existing arrangements gynæcology is not taught at the medical schools, nor is it officially recognized as a part of the medical curriculum in this country, the consequence is, a great number of students leaving the medical schools are completely ignorant of this most important branch. It is true the students obtain a theoretical knowledge of the principles of gynæcology, but when examined clinically they display an amount of ignorance which should not be allowed

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