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July 24, 1948

Chirurgie fonctionnelle gynécologique

JAMA. 1948;137(13):1173-1174. doi:10.1001/jama.1948.02890470073041

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This small, paper-covered volume presents the indications, technics and practical considerations for surgical procedures to correct malfunction of the pelvic organs. It is difficult to confine the discussion to this phase of gynecology because disturbed function of organs may be the result of disease as well as perverted function.

The author describes the accepted methods of evaluating ovarian function, such as biopsy of the endometrium, body basal temperature and vaginal smears. He recommends that endometrial biopsy be carried out forty-eight hours prior to menstruation rather than at the onset of bleeding. However, many of the surgical procedures on the ovary are not used in this country. We rarely puncture or resect follicle cysts. Ovarian transplantations are not done. He does emphasize the importance of conservation of ovarian function in young women.

In the treatment of sterility, he likewise suggests many operative procedures which have long been obsolete. The numerous operations

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