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February 18, 1911

THE EVOLUTION OF THE SURGICAL TREATMENT OF RETRODEVIATIONS OF THE UTERUS

JAMA. 1911;LVI(7):487-488. doi:10.1001/jama.1911.02560070019006
Abstract

I desire at the outset to enter a disclaimer, in that I believe that the surgical treatment of deviations of the uterus and associated pelvic organs is far from settled, so far that perhaps some of the hysteropexies, the ligament shortenings, the suspensions, the fixations, in their wide divergence may to the next generation look as crude and unscientific as the routine clamp and drainage-tube in ovariotomy now look to us. Perhaps we are a little too inclined prematurely to dogmatize on the subject—and especially the inventor of an operation is like the expert witness, who said: "Your honor, in matters of fact I am often mistaken, but in matters of opinion I know I am right."

The fine adjustment of the mere mechanical technic of any or all of the current operations is of less consequence than the selection of suitable cases and the recognition of the facts that

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