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August 27, 1887

THE CHIEF SOURCE OF DANGER IN THE USE OF THE UTERINE SOUND.Read in the Section on Obstetrics and Diseases of Women, at the Thirty-Eighth Annual Meeting of the American Medical Association, fune, 1887.

JAMA. 1887;IX(9):266-268. doi:10.1001/jama.1887.02400080010002a

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It is the prevailing opinion of the medical profession that the principal danger to guard against in probing or sounding the uterus is traumatic lesion from incautious handling of the instrument. This is also the teaching, positively or negatively, of nearly all the leading text-books on Gynecology; including those of such eminent authors as Emmet, Thomas, Goodell, Mundé, Hewitt and Courty.

In the third edition of the "Principles and Practice of Gynaecology" Emmet says: "Many a poor woman has endured years of bad health from the carelessness of her physician, in overlooking a latent cellulitis which became rekindled by the unskillful use of the probe or sound." Every student of this great master leaves his book with the impression that lesion from rough or incautious handling of the instrument is the danger chiefly to be borne in mind. Conformably to this view, Dr. E. C. Dudley, in his recent contribution to Pepper's "System of Medicine," conveys at once his own opinion

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