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April 23, 1898

A CASE ILLUSTRATING THE VALUE OF SYMPHYSIOTOMY WHEN A TUMOR OBSTRUCTS THE PARTURIENT CANAL.

Author Affiliations

LECTURER ON THERAPEUTICS, DENVER MEDICAL COLLEGE.; PROFESSOR OF OBSTETRICS, GROSS MEDICAL COLLEGE, DENVER, COLO.

JAMA. 1898;XXX(17):974-976. doi:10.1001/jama.1898.72440690034002k

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Abstract

PART I.—BY DR. ROVER. 

INTRODUCTION.  Based on two cases of symphysiotomy which occurred in my private practice (one operated on by Dr. Gustav Zinke of Cincinnati, and the other by Dr. T. M. Burns of Denver), and both of them successful to mother and child, I desire to give expression and emphasis to the benefits derived from said operation.The operation, though a feasible one, does not suggest itself to every medical mind interested in any particular case. The patient was seen repeatedly by three physicians during the latter part of her pregnancy and no unanimity of opinion could be reached; not even after she was taken in labor did the various counsel agree. One favored a Porro, the second a craniotomy, I pleaded for a symphysiotomy. Why this discrepancy of opinion? Simply because the respective indications, benefits and limitations for either of these operations are not definitely fixed.It

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