It would hardly seem necessary before this audience to emphasize the importance of careful preparation of the patient before subjecting her to such a serious operation as the one to be considered. Yet this is a very important element in the after-management and in bringing a case of hysterectomy for cancer to a successful termination. These patients should be as carefully prepared for the operation as though they were about to be subjected to an abdominal section. It is especially desirous that the function of the kidneys be carefully investigated in every instance and every defect noted and corrected if possible. It is always advantageous in this preliminary treatment to keep the patient under observation for a few days.
The anesthetic selected should be chloroform in every instance, unless it is contraindicated from heart lesions, or, as is the case in rare instances, where the patient does not take the
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