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October 7, 1893

Antisepsis as She is Taught.

JAMA. 1893;XXI(15):547. doi:10.1001/jama.1893.02420670037020

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Cleanliness is next to godliness. 

To the Editor:  —Some of the requirements of modern antisepsis, "such as shaving the pubes, sealing vagina and anus, and banishing paterfamilias, ante partum" must impress the veteran obstetrician much as the swallow-tail coat and standing collar did an untutored savage in process of civilization. Delighted and tractable he was until he came to put on these articles of apparel, when suddenly disrobing he resumed his war paint and feathers and with a "whoop" disappeared in the bush.San Diego, Sept. 18, 1893.

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