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February 12, 1887

CAN THE CÆSAREAN SECTION BE SAFELY SUBSTITUTED STITUTED FOR CRANIOTOMY IN THE UNITED STATES AT THE PRESENT TIME?Read before the Medical Society of the District of Columbia, January 12, 1887.

JAMA. 1887;VIII(7):169-174. doi:10.1001/jama.1887.02391320001001
Abstract

Much interest has been excited of late in the improvements which have been made in the ancient and time-honored operation of the Cæsarean section. To Dr. Harris, of Philadelphia, are we mostly indebted for this revival of interest. He has repeatedly pointed out that this operation, which, in the past, has been regarded as almost universally fatal to the mother, can now be performed with great safety, and with the result of saving more lives, when resorted to early, than by any of its alternatives. This statement is made by Dr. Harris after collecting the histories of a comparatively large number of cases in this country and in Europe. These remarkable results have been achieved by a few men, mostly in Germany, who have had a large experience in abdominal surgery, and who brought to their assistance the many improvements which a number of operators had been gradually making, in

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