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November 12, 1887

TUBAL PREGNANCY; WITH SPECIMEN OF CASE.Read in the Section on Obstetrics and Diseases of Women, at the Thirty-Eighth Annual Meeting of the American Medical Association, June, 1887.

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JAMA. 1887;IX(20):609-612. doi:10.1001/jama.1887.02400190001001

The recent advances in abdominal surgery have given the subject of tubal gestation a new interest to the profession. Before this advance in the treatment of extra-uterine pregnancy, a diagnosis of ectopie gestation was followed by a prognosis equivalent to a death-warrant to the unfortunate woman who was the subject of a misplaced embryo. Under the title "Tubal Pregnancy," (and Mr. Lawson Tait says: "all cases are tubai in their origin") we include tubo-ovarian, tubal, tubo-uterine or interstitial, and abdominal, as practically these distinctions are of little importance. We will not stop here to discuss the causes of ectopie gestation, as it is well-known that if the ovum in its passage from the ovary to the uterus comes in contact with healthy spermatozoa, it is there impregnated, and fixes its habitation and commences its growth. If fecundated while in the ovary or after it reaches the uterine cavity, it has