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August 3, 1893, I was called to see Mrs. P., aged 30 years, in her fourth pregnancy, there having been previously one abortion. I had performed craniotomy in two preceding labors on account of so great contraction of the pelvis that it was impossible for the child to be delivered, as the conjugate diameter was less than two and one-half inches.
It was difficult to assume the responsibility of the operation owing to opposition to it by elder members of the profession, as indeed it has been one of the most hazardous operations known until within the light of aseptic surgery.
Dr. Harris collected with great industry 153 operations performed by the older methods in the United States, 56 of which, or 37.5 per cent. ended in recovery; under this showing it will be seen that more than one-half of the cases proved fatal.
Baudon, writing in 1873, said, in
COAKLEY JW. CÆSAREAN SECTION TWICE IN ONE PERSON.. JAMA. 1896;XXVI(15):720–722. doi:10.1001/jama.1896.02430670022002e