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Mr. President and Fellows of the American Medical Association:
—The year that has just passed has given no remarkable discoveries either in obstetrics or gynecology, and therefore in attempting to comply with the rule requiring the chairman of each Section to present a résumé of new things in his department, I can only emphasize some of the matters that have been alluded to, perhaps in some former addresses, and weigh the experiences of individual members of the profession on some of the topics that have been more or less discussed. Time, which alone can give experience, makes sad havoc with many of our pet theories, however plausible they may seem when first advanced. We are constantly exploding some of the well accepted doctrines of the old teachers in every department of medicine, and in none more than in these two branches of the science. A familiar example of this occurred
GORDON SC. HYSTERIA AND ITS RELATION TO DISEASES OF THE UTERINE APPENDAGES. Delivered at the Thirty-Seventh Annual Meeting of the American Medical Association on Tuesday, May 5, 1886,. JAMA. 1886;VI(21):561–567. doi:10.1001/jama.1886.04250050085001
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