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November 29, 1952

Culdoscopy: A New Technic in Gynecologic and Obstetric Diagnosis.

JAMA. 1952;150(13):1356. doi:10.1001/jama.1952.03680130088040

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This small volume is fascinating. In the light of the history of man's attempts to view the workings of the pelvic organs in health and disease, Dr. Decker's ingenious application of an endoscope inserted into the cul-de-sac with the patient in the knee-chest position, thus producing pneumoperitoneum, and the apparent simplicity of the procedure will arouse envy in the less imaginative and less persevering. Regarding the place of the culdoscope in pelvic examination, it is stated clearly and concisely in the foreword by Dr. TeLinde that it is "not just another gadget, but a most effective gynecologic diagnostic instrument." However, the tyro's desire to utilize this new aid as a short cut for the long-accepted methods is frowned on by the author, who, in spite of his enthusiasm, comments so commendably, "Culdoscopy is not employed to confirm the obvious."

This is the keynote of the applicability of the method; it

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