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Fibroid growths in the walls of the womb produce such serious symptoms and cause so great an amount of suffering that I believe that any method of treatment which has afforded relief or produced a cure should be placed before the profession.
It has been repeatedly demonstrated that fibroid tumors in the walls of the womb may be either checked in their growth, strangulated until local necrosis is produced, or forced out of the uterine walls by contractions produced by the free and long continued use of ergot. The methods by which the remedies have been administered are, by hypodermatic injections; by the mouth; or by suppositories per rectum or vaginum.
The inoculation of a virus to prevent or modify threatened diseases, has been practiced for about two hundred years. The most familiar examples are those against small-pox, anthrax, hydrophobia, cholera, scarlet fever, and finally, tuberculosis. Hypodermatic medication has been
SCHENCK J. ON THE TREATMENT OF FIBROID TUMORS IN THE WOMB BY THE INJECTION OF ERGOT INTO THEIR SUBSTANCE.Read before the Illinois State Medical Society, May 21, 1891.. JAMA. 1891;XVI(26):915-916. doi:10.1001/jama.1891.02410780015001g