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May 23, 1885


JAMA. 1885;IV(21):580-581. doi:10.1001/jama.1885.02390960020007

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Mr. Lawson Tait has recently reported his seventh, eighth, and ninth cases of operation for ruptured tubal pregnancy. All of the operations were followed by recovery except the first. " Such a series, though not a large one, is sufficient to prove that these cases may be treated with perfect success under the improved and bolder proceedings adopted in abdominal surgery within the last six years. In fact, they are almost of themselves sufficient, when taken with the established fact that the great bulk of such cases have a fatal termination when left alone, to determine the propriety of immediate operation in all such cases. They also confirm the views which I have already expressed, that cases of extra-uterine pregnancy are all tubal in origin, arising from a ruptured tube about the tenth or twelfth week of pregnancy, at a point which is determined by the site of the placenta. This

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