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May 20, 1893

Symphysiotomy Successfully Performed under Difficulties

JAMA. 1893;XX(20):570. doi:10.1001/jama.1893.02420470026009

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—According to the New York MedicalJournal, April 1, a pubic symphysiotomy was performed March 24, by Dr. J. C. Edgar, on short notice at midnight, in a tenement house. The patient was a primapara with flattened pelvis, and had been in labor forty-eight hours. The family clamored for the sacrifice of the child's life to save the mother's, but Dr. Edgar was enabled to carry out the above named operation. The child was delivered alive, and both mother and child have since been reported as doing as well as could be expected.

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