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[Read to the Section on Surgery and Anatomy, Cleveland, June, 1883.]
On May 20, when the committee were arranging the programme for this meeting, it was found that there was probably no paper that would directly introduce a discussion upon the comparative merits of surgical procedures undertaken with antiseptic precautions and those undertaken without them. At the request of the local Secretary, I have therefore attempted, tempted, in the shortest time possible, to present a comparison of various antiseptic methods with each other, and with non-antiseptic methods.
I think it beyond doubt that, in this country, socalled antiseptic methods are in less favor now than they were a few years ago. This change has become more apparent since the International Congress in London, and depends, to a certain extent at least, upon the favorable statistics produced by Mr. Keith and Mr. Tait in ovariotomy, since they have given up the