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September 19, 1942


Author Affiliations

Director of the Department of Experimental Medicine, National Health Service of the Republic of Chile SANTIAGO, CHILE

JAMA. 1942;120(3):171-175. doi:10.1001/jama.1942.02830380003002

Not being a gynecologist or an obstetrician, I feel obliged to offer my apologies for presenting a paper on experimental fibroids and their prevention in this section inspired by practical aims which might be of use to suffering womanhood. Let me express my apology in the words of a great American. Almost one hundred and fifty years ago, a few days before the final treaty of independence with England was signed, Franklin saw in Paris the first balloon ascension. The spectators argued about the utility of the experiment. What good, some skeptic asked, could a balloon be? What good, Franklin replied, was a newborn baby?

Obstetricians and gynecologists will be the first to appreciate or not the claims of the scientific newborn babies, which experimental fibroids and antifibromatogenic steroids are.

Subserous uterine fibroids were first elicited in the United States by W. O. Nelson in a number of guinea pigs

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