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May 30, 1891

ANTISEPTICS.Read in the Section of Practice of Medicine and Physiology, at the Forty-second Annual Meeting of the American Medical Association, held at Washington, D. C. May, 1891.

JAMA. 1891;XVI(22):765-770. doi:10.1001/jama.1891.02410740009001a

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There has been a decided tendency for the past few years on the part of persons affected by the antiseptic and germ theories, to make it imperative on those who practice midwifery, to obey the rigid antiseptic rules laid down by teachers. I saw somewhere that in a discussion on the necessity for antiseptic measures during parturition, and their continuance during the lying-in period, a prominent physician said "that if he should be called on to testify, in a prosecution for malpractice where death had occurred during confinement and antiseptic precautions had not been used, he would certainly testify that it was criminal mal practice." This was an alarming threat, as it placed practitioners of midwifery in constant peril, and it impelled me to speak to our County Medical Society about it, and to urge them to make some preparation for such an emergency. The Society then appointed me to

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