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November 7, 1908


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JAMA. 1908;LI(19):1563-1565. doi:10.1001/jama.1908.25410190001001

New methods for the removal of the uterus in whole or in part by the abdominal route have become so numerous that it would seem impossible to present anything that is new. The recent modifications in technic have been, however, for the most part, designed to shorten the time of operation at the expense of exactness, in the hope of thereby lessening shock. Surgeons still seem to believe that the duration of an operation can be measured in minutes and hours. The condition of the patient at the conclusion of an operation is the only index as to whether the operation has been a short or a long one. Ten minutes is a long time for an operation if the patient is shocked; two hours is a short time if the patient wakes up promptly with everything in perfect condition.

It is a great fallacy to believe that time is

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