The Cleansing of the Surgeon's Hands

J. L. Thomas
1899 BMJ (Clinical Research Edition)  
DEC. I6, i899. should have in midwifery emergencies when normal labours were the property of mere midwives. Dr. Hockridge does not mention the graver-one might almost say the real-emergencies of midwifery, such, for instance, as contracted pelvis, ruptured uterus, obstruction by fibroids and other growsths, extrauterine pregnancies, pelvic suppurations, etc. Dr. 1Hockridge fears midwifery emergencies may fall into the hands of specialists when midwives are registered. Have we not already a band
more » ... not already a band of specialists for the real emergencies, and is there a better qualified or more essential body of specialists in existence ? These gentlemen seem to me to staiid in relation to the general practitioner in a position very muth like that of the operating surgeonsshall I say of other operating surgeons? It is well for us and for our patients when their services are available; when they are not we must do the best we can. May I a )w p )int out to Dr. Hockridge that while discussing at some length a possible difficulty in the working of a proposed Act of Parliament, he has rather lost sight of the main isjue? The questioni is not whether midwifery shall still be taught in the medical schools under the new order of
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