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North Platte, Neb., Jan. 31, 1907.
To the Editor:
—In looking over several articles on cancer of the uterus recently published in The Journal I find, that in giving the causes of uterine cancer, two things were not considered, which I believe to be either predisposing or exciting causes of this disease. I refer to self-induced abortions and miscarriages and to office treatments. My purpose is simply to call attention to two things which I think play an important part in the etiology of uterine cancer. It can be understood how the trauma incident to an abortion self induced, with a crochet hook, pencil or some such instrument, could furnish the necessary conditions for the starting point of cancer. I think it would have a wholesome effect on the minds of some of our female patients if the fact became generally known to the laity that an abortion may result
Quigley DT. The Relation of Abortion to Cancer of the Uterus.. JAMA. 1907;XLVIII(7):625. doi:10.1001/jama.1907.02520330067016