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June 11, 1887


JAMA. 1887;VIII(24):652-653. doi:10.1001/jama.1887.02391490008002a

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When the granite monument which may be erected over the future grave of T. A. Emmet, or the marble urn which may hold his ashes, if his body should be cremated, have long yielded to the slow but certain action of the atmosphere and disappeared from view, then the name of Emmet will still be known, and reverently mentioned in connection with laceration of the cervix. Until the last man and woman have disappeared there will be children born, and as long as children are born, tears of the external os will occur, as neither the art and science of the obstetrician nor the vis medicatrix naturæ can prevent them in all cases. Laceration occurs in cases left entirely to-nature, as well as in the hands of the most careful and experienced accoucheur. We must start with this idea clear in our minds, that the occurrence of laceration is no

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