The present knowledge of medicine must be handed on to students, and teaching can be accomplished more advantageously with a combination of auditory and visual methods than by either method alone. Photographs are also of value to the practitioner as office records. The physician may wish to know what the exact appearance of the cervix, or any other lesion, was six months previously.
The patient also appreciates knowing why the cervix or other inaccessible part of the body needs repair or other treatment. She has no idea of the appearance of the cervix because she has never seen it and has never been aware of any sensation from it, since there are no sensory nerve endings in it. No other part of the body undergoes as much injury or is so neglected after being injured. The cervix is also the sharp junction of two distinctly different types of epithelium, which
GALLOWAY CE. PHOTOGRAPHY OF THE UTERINE CERVIX. JAMA. 1938;111(22):1996–1998. doi:10.1001/jama.1938.02790480026006
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