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As long as the physician continues the practice of obstetrics as at present the usual custom, allowing the case in hand to consume the greater part of his time from the hour it is first seen until he finishes his duty, having delivered the patient, the management of delayed or lingering labor where there exists no mechanical obstruction must prove a bugbear. To be sure there are physicians who do not, as they say, "waste their time" in this tedious fashion, but in point of fact the number of practitioners of my acquaintance whose practice is to leave the parturient woman until actually needed is very small indeed.
However anxious he may be to answer other imperative calls, however tired he may be and however so much he may feel that his services are not absolutely required for the time being, still the careful accoucheur does not feel at ease
MOSHER GC. THE MANAGEMENT OF LINGERING LABOR. 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;XIX(2):33–36. doi:10.1001/jama.1892.02420020005001b
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