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September 19, 1908


Author Affiliations

Formerly Professor of Gynecology, Greifswald University. BERLIN, GERMANY.

JAMA. 1908;LI(12):968-972. doi:10.1001/jama.1908.25410120012002a

I wish to thank you for the invitation to address this section and assure you that I appreciate the honor.

Permit me to draw your attention to a group of diseases, which, I believe, has not received the attention it deserves, viz., tuberculosis of the genital organs. In fact, only twenty years ago the well known pioneer of gynecology, Hegar, of Freiburg, published his monograph on this particular form of genital disorders. At the meeting of the International Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists at Rome in 1902 it was proposed for discussion. Reviewing the literature we must confess however, that an astonishingly small number of observers have paid thorough attention to tuberculosis of the genital organs, including the peritoneum. This is all the more astonishing, as we know more about the tubercle bacillus than any other. From clinical observations we are not allowed to decide the possibility of its immigration

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