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February 24, 1912

The Army Canteen

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Altus, Okla.

JAMA. 1912;LVIII(8):576. doi:10.1001/jama.1912.04260020259030

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To the Editor:  —Allow me to offer you a little first aid. I refer to that unfortunate article on the management of normal labor, in the department of Therapeutics, January 27. The advice was evidently intended for the benefit of the practicians of the small towns and of the country.First, I would suggest not to blame the doctor if he has not seen the patient until she is already howling in labor. Again, don't blame him if she has fecal accumulations in her rectum, her legs swollen to her body, and a headache of four weeks' standing. Criticism of him is unjust if he find under her buttocks a dirty bed-quilt, under which is spread a six weeks' grey cotton blanket in lieu of a sterile white sheet; no sheet, but a varying number of heavy quilts over the patient; no nurse, just Granny; four women in a close

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