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A subject which has for its object the more perfect administration of the law and the strengthening of the sacred bonds of matrimony is one I trust, which may be deemed worthy of presentation on an occasion such as this when Science, Virtue and Justice go hand in hand.
That many social laws, though unwritten, are more rigid and unjust than civil ones cannot be gain said, for the prejudiced, self-appointed jury, as is well known, bring in a verdict of guilty or not guilty without listening to the evidence offered by the defence.
This being the case how important is it that the medical profession, and especially the obstetrical department, should be upon its guard lest it thoughtlessly become the "important witness" for the conviction of an innocent person by expressing without qualification, certain facts which while true in the vast majority of instances are subject to wide variations.
BARKER TR. THE RELATION OF THE DURATION OF GESTATION TO LEGITIMATE BIRTH.Read in the Section of Obstetrics and Diseases of Women, at the Forty- third Annual meeting of the American Medical Association, held at Detroit, June, 1892. JAMA. 1892;XVIII(25):766–768. doi:10.1001/jama.1892.02411290004002
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