About six years ago, in the Boston Gynecological Society, upon the subject of antiseptics in midwifery, I advocated that an instrumental labor should be conducted with all the antiseptic care and precaution of a major surgical operation. Then, I found myself without support; now, I do not expect all to accept such a proposition. If the subject was by any means settled, or such principles adopted, your attention would not be called to its discussion. Few topics in the entire realm of medicine hold to-day a deeper or more wide-spread interest, for which we are indebted in America, in no small degree, to the valuable paper by Dr. Thomas last year before the New York Academy of Medicine, and the reply of his equally distinguished opponent, Dr. Fordyce Barker, followed by a number of other contributors of scarcely less note holding various views. The pendulum of thought is never still.
MARCY HO. THE ROLE OF BACTERIA IN PARTURITION. JAMA. 1885;V(11):281–283. doi:10.1001/jama.1885.02391100001001
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