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Rural Obstetrics

Maurice A. Walker, M.D.
JAMA. 1917;LXVIII(2):136-137. doi:10.1001/jama.1917.04270010136024.
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To the Editor:  —In a discussion on this subject abstracted in The Journal, Dec. 9, 1916, p. 1785, two women physicians took occasion to belittle the ability of the rural practitioner of this branch of the practice of medicine.This is no new subject. The "country doctor" is looked down on professionally by many of his colleagues who happen to reside in larger communities.It is hard to see why this should be. In the article referred to, the statement is made that "these men are sent out from our medical colleges and schools with nothing but a smattering of knowledge of the mechanics of childbirth." So far as medical college teaching with its accompanying hospital service is concerned, it is to be remembered that the practitioners in rural communities did not learn their profession there. That time has long passed. We country doctors, as far as my knowledge extends,


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