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January 11, 1896

A SHORT SKETCH OF THE HISTORY OF GYNECOLOGIC SURGERY.

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ST. PAUL, MINN.

JAMA. 1896;XXVI(2):49-52. doi:10.1001/jama.1896.02430540001001

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Abstract

In the busy rush of professional work and daily practice, it will, perhaps, prove of benefit to take a glance backward and for a few moments study the early beginnings of our most glorious profession—glorious for what it has achieved, more glorious still for the charity which its individual members are daily distributing to the pauper sick throughout the world.

In most of the recent text-books of to-day one would imagine that surgery was almost entirely due to the invention and ingenuity of the various text-book authors, and that little or nothing is due to our illustrious predecessors in medicine. Many hundreds of years before Christ, medicine had made considerable progress, as shown by the inscriptions on the Egyptian monuments, as well as by the five medical papyri of very ancient date. On the walls of the Egyptian temples are found figure pictures representing the surgeon operating upon his

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