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October 5, 1907


JAMA. 1907;XLIX(14):1166-1168. doi:10.1001/jama.1907.25320140012001c

Examination for the purpose of making a gynecologic diagnosis comprises, or should comprise, more than is ordinarily realized by many who undertake it. As a rule, it is too casual to be thorough or accurate, and in consequence associated conditions, often of relative importance, are overlooked and disregarded.

In presenting this subject for your consideration, I have no idea that I shall offer anything new, nor yet anything with which you are not already familiar. My object is chiefly to direct attention to some salient features of these examinations that are sometimes disregarded and to emphasize the importance of certain apparently unimportant details that are essential for accurate and complete diagnosis of these conditions.

HISTORY OF THE PATIENT.  The history1 and manner of taking it is of much importance. It may be brief, but should be complete and thorough, the essential points bearing on the condition being brought out

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