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April 16, 1932


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JAMA. 1932;98(16):1399. doi:10.1001/jama.1932.02730420057028

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To the Editor:  —I have long desired to correct two matters by a clear statement. The first dates back to 1885, about two years after my residency in the Episcopal Hospital in Kensington, Philadelphia, when I operated on a Mrs. Thompson, a widow, aged 42, who had an enormous ovarian tumor. I was assisted in the operation by Joseph Price and B. Alexander Randall, in the presence of A. K. Minich, S. T. K. Morton and George Boyd (Am. J. Obst. 18: 795, 1885). There was a long incision, and the extensive adhesions prolonged the operation over two hours, which was completed with a drainage tube in the pelvis, through which there was very free subsequent discharge. The great mass of tumor filled a sizable wash tub, close by the rude table on which the patient lay in her poor dwelling. The tapping of the sacculi and the bleeding caused

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