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August 8, 1925

A SIMPLE METHOD OF CAUTERIZATION OF THE CERVIX

JAMA. 1925;85(6):418-420. doi:10.1001/jama.1925.02670060020006
Abstract

While lesions of the cervix are regarded as of minor importance, they are such common precursors of more serious conditions'that their successful treatment cannot be too greatly stressed. In spite of the fact that attention has recently been called to the effect of the cautery on cervical lesions, it seems that a majority of physicians are still treating by topical applications, douches and packs, and, obtaining no results, are either advising operative procedures, or are disregarding the pathologic condition entirely, if it is causing no discharge.

That the operative treatment is no longer the method of choice may be seen by the statement of Howard Kelley, who says: "The one method of treatment is the actual cautery. With this process available, I but rarely operate any more for lacerations of the cervix."

Lacerations, erosions of the cervix, and endocervicitis are closely allied, and their treatment to a large extent is

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