Talk:Obstetrics and gynaecology

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Deletion discussion[edit]

This article has been listed on Wikipedia:Votes for deletion in the past. See Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Obstetrics and gynecology for the discussion archive.

No "M.O." here.. . terminiation of pregnancy is not actually the most common gynaecological operation:


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Except they're wrong, and searching for "most common gynecological operation" on GOOGLE is a bad verification technique. In any case you need to clarify WHERE, but for any given place, compare annual rates of hysterectomies (the answer your citation gives, which in the US, is 600,000) vs termination of pregnancy (in the US, more than 1 million)... -- Someone else 23:17, 12 Aug 2003 (UTC)

I want to know, are there gynecologists who do -not- perform said procedure? Are they difficult to find?

Isn't this article big enough to be split in two, one about obstetrics and one about gynaecology? - Kimiko 19:24 Apr 19, 2003 (UTC)

Okay, just did that. -- Kimiko 22:59, 12 Aug 2003 (UTC)

If the article has been split into 2 longer ones, is there any need for this very short one? Joyous 23:04, Jun 4, 2004 (UTC)

This article seems like it might need to be deleted, but I went ahead and cleaned it up anyways. --Pagrashtak 7 July 2005 20:17 (UTC)

This page could be kept if it were cleaned up a bit, also there is no definition of O&G anywhere on the page... I am in no way medically inclined, but if someone could do the honours, that would make my day. haz (user talk) 19:51, 20 January 2006 (UTC)

The following discussion is an archived debate of the proposal. Please do not modify it. Subsequent comments should be made in a new section on the talk page. No further edits should be made to this section.

The result of the debate was no consensus; however, the first move ("americanize spelling") was uncalled for and not in GF, IMO. Therefore, I've reverted it. —Nightstallion (?) 10:42, 25 January 2006 (UTC)

Requested move[edit]


  • Support (nominator) - if the individual article uses the British English spelling then this article should too, for continuation. I have actually never seen "gynaecology" spelt without the a. haz (user talk) 19:54, 20 January 2006 (UTC)
  • Oppose. Variations in British/American spelling should follow the style of the initial author or major contributor. — Knowledge Seeker 23:19, 20 January 2006 (UTC)
  • Oppose: agree with Dr. KS. Jonathunder 00:48, 21 January 2006 (UTC)
  • Tentatively support the move in either direction as per haz - we shouldn't change from BE <> AE on a whim, but standardising the spelling across a pair of closely-related articles is quite a good idea. — sjorford (talk) 11:41, 21 January 2006 (UTC)
    • Whoa, I just noticed something - the article used to be at the 'ae' spelling, as can be seen from the deletion discussion linked above. It was only moved here on 25 November 2005 with the explanation "Americanized title"! [1]. So strongly support the move back. — sjorford (talk) 23:34, 22 January 2006 (UTC) — sjorford
The above discussion is preserved as an archive of the debate. Please do not modify it. Subsequent comments should be made in a new section on this talk page. No further edits should be made to this section.

Pubmed, Google and I vote the spelling Gynecology[edit]

PubMed has 3.6 times more hits for gynecolog* than for gynaecolog*. For Google, the gynecology:gynaecology ratio is closer to 10:1. I think there's a pretty good case for gynecology being the preferred spelling.

If you use is still 3x more hits for gynEcology than gynAEcology. I don't know if this is still open for debate.

I added a link to HPV vaccine in the "See also" section. Since cervical cancer is the second most common cancer in women worldwide - and since it's nearly always caused by HPV, the HPV vaccine is arguably the biggest news in gynecology this past year. The topic might merit a quick mention in the body of the article. Retroid 22:04, 21 May 2006 (UTC)

But the fact that Americans dominate Google doesn't mean they have the right to dominate Wikipedia. That said, the result of the vote to move it to gynaecology was no consensus, so it goes without saying that it belongs at gynecology. Darkildor 03:48, 27 May 2006 (UTC)
True, but the article was moved to the American spelling without consensus in the first place. My oppose vote was based on the inappropriateness of switching spellings; had I read Sjorford's comment in time, I would have switched my vote to support (I can't now, since the debate's been "finalized"). — Knowledge Seeker 05:59, 27 May 2006 (UTC)
I spent too long trying to fix all the double re-directs after this page move. There's a few more that still need to be fixed. Also, I think putting in a line in the text specifically stating the preferred British spelling would go a long way towards future Wikipedians voting for yet another move (and having to fix all the redirects AGAIN)
Oops, I guess this is already stated on the Gynaecology page already, but it should be said here too (especially when this AmEn spelling article references the BrEn spelling in the more detailed article) 09:38, 13 July 2006 (UTC)


This really didn't belong on this article: Stevage 22:09, 11 August 2006 (UTC)

President George W. Bush made a confusing statement about OB/GYNs in a Campaign speech at Poplar Bluff, Misory on September 6, 2004 when he said: "Too many good docs are getting out of the business. Too many OB/GYN's "aren't able to practice their love with women all across the country", it is understood that he was higlighting the shortage of OB/GYN's in the United States. This mistake and many others are referred to as Bushisms.

2nd the Vote for a Move[edit]

I vote that it be renamed in accordance to the british spelling, As it is the most commonly used. I back this move 100%. augrunt 06:37, 21 August 2006 (UTC)


Could someone with access to the knowledge write something on the history of this specialism? When specific doctors first called themselves gynaecologists or the like? OED 1872 T. G. THOMAS Dis. Women 41 Gynæcologists ranged themselves into two parties. 1867 New Syd. Soc. Retrosp. 368 Gynæcology, embracing the Physiology and Pathology of the non-pregnant state. 1876 (title) Transactions of the [American] Gynecological Society. (talk) 09:30, 14 April 2009 (UTC)>>>>> re rj) boys like girls jsfksdjfi sfiwfmnfio —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 19:02, 8 March 2010 (UTC)

"Midwifery" and "Obstetrics (midwifery)"[edit]

The usage of Midwifery and the naming of Obstetrics (Midwifery) is under discussion, see talk:Obstetrics (Midwifery) -- (talk) 05:20, 31 July 2015 (UTC)

Why the push to validate midwifery as a medical specialty? Midwives do not attend medical school, do not have medical doctorates and therefore are irrelevant Quityourbs (talk) 03:54, 16 November 2015 (UTC)