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February 10, 1912

The Management of Normal Labor.

Author Affiliations

Saint Louis

JAMA. 1912;LVIII(6):428. doi:10.1001/jama.1912.04260020112022

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To the Editor:  —The article on normal labor, in a recent issue, was very clear and concise, but in one respect it surprised me extremely.The subject of. rubber gloves was omitted. A description of obstetric work without mention of rubber gloves is rather startling. If the author does not approve of gloves, and has other means of preparing the hands, why does he not mention the fact? Or does he take for granted that we all wear gloves, as a matter of course? Evidently not, as he advises us to rupture the membranes with our finger-nails.Surely boiling water is always to be had. Therefore there can be no easier and quicker way of eliminating infection than using boiled gloves.A clear understanding on this subject would surely be valuable to the many who were interested and instructed by the