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March 14, 1891

THE SPHERE OF WOMEN MEDICAL PRACTITIONERS IN CHINA.

JAMA. 1891;XVI(11):382. doi:10.1001/jama.1891.02410630022009

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Abstract

The Edinburg Medical Missionary Society publishes, in its quarterly paper for February, 1891, some facts regarding the sphere for female medical attendance among the women of China. Not only is medical skill lacking and of most indifferent quality among the Chinese, but even such as it is it can hardly be obtained by the women, because the native practitioners are males and it is not considered proper for them to treat female patients. Under some conditions an old woman of experience in obstetrical and children's complications may attain to some consequence in a limited locality. But there is a vast female population that has practically no medical attendance whatever; and if the children are included with the women, as they must be to the extent of many millions, the needs of China for female medical attendance will be found to be in the thousands. The number of practitioners who can

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