Medicine: Flexible Autocrat

This week a grave loss, long foreseen but hardly realized, befalls the University of Chicago's Lying-in Hospital: Birthroom Supervisor Mabel C. Carmon, 68, most famed obstetrical nurse in the U.S., is going to retire. In her 44 years as a birthroom supervisor, Nurse Carmon has taught obstetrics to 6,864 student nurses, has heard the first indignant cries of 104,988 babies.

Said Dr. M. Edward Davis, a senior staff member: "The progress made in declining mortality rates of mothers is dramatic. And here's a woman who's had a very dramatic part in making it true....

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