the chief cornerstone in the new edifice
In conclusion, we may summarize the contribution of gynecology to surgery as primarily the entire domain of pelvic, abdominal, and intestinal surgery. Gynecology, which only a quarter of a century ago was looked upon with disfavor and citicism by surgeons who stigmatized it as the “art of puttering,” has become the chief cornerstone in the new edifice devoted to surgery.
— Henry O. Marcy, “Gynecology, Its Contribution to General Surgery,” in Transactions of the Section on Obstetrics and Diseases of Women of the American Medical Association at the 52d Annual Meeting, held at St. Paul, Minn., June 4-7, 1901. (1901) : 333-345