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Since the science of hygiene is justly allowed to occupy so important a place in the literature of general medicine, I deem it a duty incumbent upon those engaged in gynecologic and obstetric practice to endeavor to elevate the prophylaxis of the diseases of women to the same exalted plane.
Generally the average gynecologic essayist, disdaining to concern himself with the ordinary affairs upon which our clients so much need good and wise counsel, endeavors to elucidate his own or some fellow practitioner's method of extirpating the internal genitalia, or some part thereof, from the female pelvis. All of this is laudable, because it serves a beneficent purpose as concerns both mankind and the profession of medicine. But if it be noble and great to emancipate the human body from disease and suffering by the dexterous use of the scalpel, scissors, and sterilized catgut sutures, how much better is the
BASHAM DW. PROPHYLAXIS OF DISEASES OF WOMEN. JAMA. 1898;XXXI(10):532–533. doi:10.1001/jama.1898.92450100030002h
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