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February 24, 1912

The Army Canteen

JAMA. 1912;LVIII(8):576-577. doi:10.1001/jama.1912.04260020259031

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To the Editor:  —I have been much interested in the article on "The Management of Normal Labor" and also in the comments and criticisms on it. I have had a very hard and strenuous obstetric country practice for something over sixteen years, during which time I have attended several hundred deliveries, and I say that normal parturients, attended in the manner described, will not become infected; they will not develop puerperal fever or septic peritonitis.I came into private practice fresh from a two years' course of training in a well-appointed modern hospital, where we had been carefully taught that infection was the deadly enemy always lying in wait for the obstetric patient. My first obstetric cases caused me a great deal of worry and

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