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Paris, March 1898.
Dr. Championnière, though perhaps known more widely as a general surgeon than as a gynecologist, does considerable of gynecologic surgery. In doing his vaginal hysterectomies he makes his incision with a thermocautery instead of with the knife and scissors. One peculiarity about all his work is that he washes every cut surface, of whatever kind, with a 2.5 per cent. solution of carbolic acid. He uses this fluid in the peritoneal cavity with a rashness that seems astounding to one who has been taught that its toxic influence is to be feared. He is a perfect enthusiast on this subject and says that in his abdominal work, where he encounters pus sacs and the like, his results are just as good as when these complications are absent, all of which he attributes to his free use of his one to forty solution of
Caldwell WS. Gynecology and Gynecologists in Paris.. JAMA. 1898;XXX(17):996-997. doi:10.1001/jama.1898.02440690056017