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January 26, 1884


JAMA. 1884;II(4):92-94. doi:10.1001/jama.1884.02390290008001c

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The recent momentous strides in the science and art of surgery, which have resulted in the development of the antiseptic and the cultivation of the aseptic systems, have materially diminished the perils of operative interference, and in the same ratio have enlarged the boundaries the legitimate domain of the surgeon, and have opened new fields, and added new diseases to the list of those formerly considered amenable to treatment by this means. The cavity of the knee-joint, formerly one of the most dangerous portions of the human body, is now incised and drained without hesitation; the thorax is opened with impunity; the pericardium is aspirated; the abdomen is laid open and its inmost recesses explored for intestinal obstruction the ovaries, and indeed the entire internal female generative system is excised, amputated, ligated, cauterized, and subjected to treatment in many other ways which would have struck terror to the heart of

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