An ovariotomy to attract the attention of the profession at the present time, must be unique and have some characteristics of peculiar interest. To open the abdominal cavity as an exploratory operation for the purpose of making clear an obscure diagnosis, to remove an ovarian cyst or tumor, a diseased ovary or tubes, to stitch up a wounded viscus, and to remove foreign matter from the peritoneal cavity, is now of every day occurrence, and almost universally admitted to be legitimate surgery. The operation as first performed by McDowell to remove an ovarian cystic tumor when the health and life of the patient was endangered by mechanical pressure on adjacent organs or structures; or that of Battey of removing the ovaries to hasten the menopause, thereby arresting the monthly congestion of the pelvic organs; retarding the growth of tumors, checking hæmorrhages and curing many diseases of the pelvic organs; and
REED CR. THE NECESSITY OF ABDOMINAL SECTION, AS ILLUSTRATED BY AN UNUSUAL CASE OF OVARIOTOMY. JAMA. 1886;VII(23):624–625. doi:10.1001/jama.1886.04250120008004
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