The prodigious advancement made in medicine and surgery during the past forty years has made it impossible for one mind to master every department pertaining to the study and practice of our profession. To be as nearly perfect in one department, and to know as much of each of the other branches as time, talent and circumstances will permit, is all the ablest of us can do.
In this Section our attention is limited to obstetrics, gynecology and abdominal surgery. It takes a capable man to be master of one of these branches, but a far more able man to be master of all three. It is the object of your chairman to dwell briefly on a few important points in each, namely, intestinal stasis, painless operations, Roentgen-ray therapy in gynecology and abdominal surgery, the curative effect of radium, the Percy treatment of inoperable carcinoma uteri, the compromise operations of