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There was a time, not many decades ago, when the regular profession was probably too conservative. There was a time when anything new whether in therapeutics or surgical appliances, was looked upon as savoring of quackery. But I believe that now we have reached the opposite oscillation of the pendulum, and that we are too prone to give credence to the claims of every new drug, and to try every new appliance, surgical, obstetrical or gynecological. Leading drug houses have enriched themselves by reason of our credulity; leading instrument makers have amassed shekels upon the "fads" termed "the recent inventions in surgical appliances."
When put into the crucible of clinical experience some of the drugs put forward in the last quarter of a century have come to stay, whilst the great majority have fallen into deserved desuetude. Some surgical, obstetrical and gynecological instruments arid appliances founded upon strict anatomical knowledge,
SHUELL TJ. THE ATMOSPHERIC TRACTOR IN OBSTETRICS.Read before the Iowa Union Medical Society at Cedar Rapids, June 14, 1892. JAMA. 1893;XX(14):380–381. doi:10.1001/jama.1893.02420410004001b
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