The half century is just elapsing since, as a student, I attended my first case of labor, and as I have been engaged in the practice almost continuously to this time and conducted, to within a few years, as many parturitions as fall to the lot of most men, you would naturally suppose there could be no difficulty in selecting an original subject of interest for this paper, but in looking around for the advances of obstetrics in the multiplicity of experiences, I am surprised to find it not so easy, for while medicine and surgery have prodigiously advanced and therapeutics become almost revolutionized, obstetrics continues in the trend of a former half century, and beyond the introduction of necessity for asepsis, the use of anesthesia, and perhaps symphysiotomy in parturitions, gynecologists have captured in their new creations the scepter and left the practice proper quietly trudging on in the
HALBERSTADT AH. ADVANCES IN OBSTETRICS DURING LAST HALF CENTURY. JAMA. 1901;XXXVI(17):1167–1170. doi:10.1001/jama.1901.52470170013001d
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