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December 13, 1884


JAMA. 1884;III(24):668-669. doi:10.1001/jama.1884.02390730024011

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72 Lafayette Ave., Detroit, Mich., November 20, 1884.

To the Editor: 

Dear Sir:  —As a kind of a sequel to the letter which I sent you a few days ago, as well as to other articles to which that letter was related, I beg leave to submit the following condensed statement of "facts and figures:"Between January 1 and October 31, 1884, (10 months) I performed exactly twelve ovariotomies. Of these, seven were performed in public amphitheatres, namely: four at Ann Arbor before at least 400 students and medical men, and three at Harper Hospital, in this city, before promiscuous gatherings of students and medical men. Of the four done at Ann Arbor one was a frail old lady of 68. The tumor weighed over forty-five pounds; there were many adhesions; the peritoneal cavity was open for fifty-five minutes; many ligatures were tied, and much sponging was required. She

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