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Furthering the Profession: The Early Years of the American Gynecological Club and Its First European Tours

Eby, Michael W. MD; Longo, Lawrence D. MD

Obstetrics & Gynecology:
Current Commentary

Beginning early in the 20th century, a group of North American leaders in obstetrics and gynecology met annually to promote the furtherance of the specialty. The American Gynecological Club held its meetings at academic medical centers, spending 2 to 4 days viewing the latest diagnostic and operative techniques and hearing presentations by investigators at that institution. On several occasions, club members spent 1 month visiting the foremost medical centers in Great Britain and continental Europe, where they observed surgical procedures, attended clinics, and established friendships that transcended national boundaries. The early years of the American Gynecological Club represent a somewhat idyllic and bygone era in medicine and obstetrics and gynecology.

Author Information

Departments of Obstetrics and Gynecology, and Physiology, and the Center for Perinatal Biology, Loma Linda University, School of Medicine, Loma Linda, California

Address reprint requests to: Lawrence D. Longo, MD, FACOG, FRCOG, Center for Perinatal Biology, Loma Linda University, School of Medicine, Loma Linda, CA 92350; E‐mail:

Received June 27, 2001. Received in revised form October 15, 2001. Accepted October 25, 2001.

© 2002 The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists