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February 17, 1912

Medical Education in Obstetrics

JAMA. 1912;LVIII(7):504-505. doi:10.1001/jama.1912.04260020188027

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To the Editor:  —Dr. J. Whitridge Williams' paper on medical education and the midwife problem (The Journal, Jan. 6, 1912, p. 1), is a frank and fair statement of the facts concerning the teaching and practice of obstetrics in this country. These facts explain to a large extent the cause of the high infant mortality at birth and during the first few weeks of life. It is to be hoped that thoughtful medical men, interested in this side of surgical practice, will consider well the significance of such an investigation.Dr. B. B. Browne, in his letter (The Journal, Jan. 27, 1912, p. 296) emphasizes rightly the necessity for more practical experience for every medical student in the teaching of obstetrics, but fails to give due emphasis to the equally important duty of a professor in a university medical school—that of advancing the science and art of his branch.

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