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October 15, 1910

TUBERCULOSIS OF THE FEMALE ORGANS OF GENERATION AND THE PERITONEUM

Author Affiliations

Professor of Gynecology, New York Polyclinic: Attending Surgeon Woman's Hospital, and Gynecologist to New York Polyclinic Hospital: Consulting Gynecologist to New York City, St. Joseph's, Mt. Vernon and Lawrence Hospitals NEW YORK

JAMA. 1910;55(16):1362-1367. doi:10.1001/jama.1910.04330160030009
Abstract

HISTORICAL SUMMARY  The study of tuberculosis of the female genitalia was secondary to that of tuberculosis of the peritoneum, although Morgagni, in making a necropsy in 1744 on a young woman who had died from tuberculous peritonitis, found the uterus and Fallopian tubes filled with caseous material and considered these organs as being the primary focus of the disease. Similar conclusions were reported by others who had found similar conditions. At this time, however, tuberculosis of the female genitalia was found only in patients suffering from a constitutional invasion. The local condition was discovered only at autopsy and had no clinical interest; it was considered simply as a pathologic curiosity. This antedated the year 1825.Christian Fenger divided the history of our knowledge of this disease into three periods. The first embraces everything antedating 1825, which I have described. The second includes the period from 1825 to 1884; during this

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