In aretrospective and introspective gynecologic and obstetric review, at the end of the first decade of the twentieth centrury, one is first impressed with the astonishing progress which has been made in both of these branches in the generation just passed. One is next struck by the wide-spread interest in them everywhere and by the general adoption of the best modern methods in the treatment of gynecologic and obstetric patients, not only in the great medical centers and large cities, but in the small hospitals of many towns or villages and also in the homes of patients.
Happily it may now be said that the seed sown by Holmes and Semmelweis in an unprepared and refractory soil during the early forties of the nineteenth century, has, after more than sixty years of cultivation and forcing at the hands of a few obstetric nurserymen, grown to receive universal recognition. The practical
WETHERILL HG. RETROSPECTION AND INTROSPECTION: OUR OPPORTUNITIES AND OBLIGATIONS. JAMA. 1911;LVII(2):89–93. doi:10.1001/jama.1911.04260070093001
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