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L. R. DE BUYS, B.S., M.D.
Am J Dis Child. 1927;33(5):732-739. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1927.04130170030006.
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Relief of discomfort and avoidance of pain should be two aims in the art of the practice of medicine. In the cycle of life, the female of the species undoubtedly has the harder rôle. If she can be spared any of the agony to which she is subjected it is inhuman not to help her. The lot of the woman, it must be admitted, is hard and not enviable. She must go through nine months of uncertainty, facing an ordeal through which she may or may not already have passed, knowing that many women are incapacitated and that some do not survive. It is true that much has been done and is being done to assist her in child-bearing, but no matter what relief is afforded there still remains much mental anguish and physical pain.

The physical pain does not by any means cease after the delivery of the child,


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