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May 18, 1907


Author Affiliations

Associate in Gynecology, Philadelphia Polyclinic. PHILADELPHIA.

JAMA. 1907;XLVIII(20):1658-1661. doi:10.1001/jama.1907.25220460014002b

There are three bound en duties which the conscientious up-to-date surgeon feels called on to fulfill. These are, first, preservation and publication from time to time of accurate and authentic records of his work; second, the publication in the current literature of all anomalous and unusual cases, or cases of extraordinary interest, which chance to fall in his way, wherefrom the collators of the profession may eventually cull some previously unknown fact or arrive at more or less positive statistics of the rare condition; third, and morally foremost, careful reports of accidents that have occurred in his hands in order that not only he himself may profit by the lessons to be derived therefrom, but that the profession at large, and the laity indirectly, may enjoy the benefits of his painfully-acquired information.

The cases that have become the texts for this article come under the third of these classes, and

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