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December 27, 1902


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JAMA. 1902;XXXIX(26):1629-1632. doi:10.1001/jama.1902.52480520001001

My excuse for reading a paper with this title before the Section on Practice of Medicine is that I desire to bring before you the practice of obstetrics as it appears to the general practitioner, and while I have nothing new to suggest, I wish to impress the absolute necessity and practicability of the observance of rules by the general practitioner which have been formulated by specialists in the practice of obstetrics.

I believe it is too much the habit of men who see much of midwifery in general practice to believe and no practice, if not to say, that the strict rules which are now observed in hospitals the world over, and which are taught by all obstetricians, are at least unnecessary in general practice far away from closely populated centers. If this feeling is current, as I believe it is, it is my desire to so place it