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May 28, 1955

Vaginal Hysterectomy: Indications, Technique and Complications

JAMA. 1955;158(4):354. doi:10.1001/jama.1955.02960040112030

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This book was written for the surgeon who performs pelvic operations and vaginal hysterectomies frequently but not so often that he is an expert at the latter. It is also for residents in training. About the same statements have been made by authors of books on operative gynecology that contain nearly all gynecologic operations, including vaginal hysterectomy. To devote an entire book to one operation is specialization indeed, but the author has turned out an excellent monograph. There are six chapters. The first is a history of vaginal hysterectomy that makes delightful reading and a review of the literature. The second deals with the indications for the operation, which, stated simply, consist of third degree prolapse of the uterus, first and second degree prolapse in late menstrual or postmenopausal life, and uterine disease alone. In the third chapter preoperative preparation is described, and in the fourth, the operative technique. The

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