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It is but a short time ago an opinion was more or less universally maintained that fibroid tumors of the uterus were benign growths. The fact that hysterectomy had such a high mortality at that period made the "cure worse than the disease," and probably did much to place these tumors in this relatively false position.
With improvements in technique and correspondingly excellent results in the removal of the uterus, it is no longer necessary or wise to wait until life is in immediate danger before recourse to the radical treatment of fibroids by surgical measures, but before the health of the patient is reduced by hemorrhage, inflammation, chronic suppuration and pain, to a delicate condition, and the dangers of the operation are further increased, as well as the difficulties by the complications of inflammation—pus and adhesions—to say nothing of the degenerative changes, the increase in the size of
TUTTLE AH. FIBROID TUMORS OF THE UTERUS, WHEN AND HOW TO OPERATE.. JAMA. 1896;XXVII(5):246–247. doi:10.1001/jama.1896.02430830016001e