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August 12, 1899


Author Affiliations

Assistant Surgeon to the Woman's Hospital in the State of New York; Assist. Gynecologist St. Vincent's Hospital New York; Consulting Gynecologist to St. Joseph's Hospital, Yonkers, N.Y., and to St. Mary's Hospital, Passaic, N.J.; Fellow of the American Gynecological, the N.Y. Obstetrical, the Woman's Hospital and Celtic Medical Societies; Charter Member of the Periodical International Congress for Gynecology and Obstetrics; Editor and Proprietor of the American Gynecological and Obstetrical Journal. NKW YORK CITY.

JAMA. 1899;XXXIII(7):396-398. doi:10.1001/jama.1899.92450590026001j

Let me preface my paper with an expression of my deep appreciation of the honor which your President has conferred upon me by asking me to address you. But the personal element in his invitation, however flattering, was entirely overshadowed by the fact that the invitation itself was an evidence that the principles whose adoption by the profession I was perhaps the first to urge, in an insistent and chronic fashion, were to receive the recognition of a public hearing before the representative body of American medical journalists. For your President suggested that I write upon part of the general subject to which my editorials have been devoted.

My paper is not a long one because, not devoted to a scientific subject, it gives no scope for the usual padding of domestic and foreign quotations and references; it is, moreover, upon a theme of such paramount and urgent importance that any save the directest treatment would be inappropriate and nugatory.

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