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February 10, 1912

The Management of Normal Labor.

JAMA. 1912;LVIII(6):428. doi:10.1001/jama.1912.04260020112024

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To the Editor:  —The parody on obstetric technic published in The Journal, Jan. 27, was, no doubt, given to show how badly the thing could be done, It seems to me, however, that the mission of The Journal would be better fulfilled by giving a clean-cut, modern technic which might serve as an example, rather than one which pulls the average practitioner down to the level of the illiterate midwife.Is it forgotten: 1. That the vulva is shaved and scrubbed with soap and water, as well as with an antiseptic solution?2. That rubber gloves and not petrolatum are used in the twentieth century?3. That the Kelly pad is not yet out of date?4. That continual manipulations during the second stage are not good practice?5. That petrolatum on the perineum is about as useful as a snowball in—Panama?6. That the cut cord should immediately be

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