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December 24, 1887


JAMA. 1887;IX(26):806-810. doi:10.1001/jama.1887.02400250006001c

The three cases reported herein were operated on at the Presbyterian Hospital. I can never convey an adequate idea of the relief to the operator offered by the method of hæmostasis by forcipressure on the broad ligaments over that of ligatures. I think no one can fully appreciate the untold superiority of the former method over the latter till he has had experience in the performance of that operation under both methods.

Case 1.—Mrs. S., æt. 47, mother of nice children, always well, presented herself February 1, 1887, with epithelioma of the cervix uteri. It did not involve the vault of the vagina. The broad ligaments did not seem to be thickened. Mobility of the uterus was complete. After preparatory treatment with a daily laxative and diuretic for a week, the operation was performed on February 8, 1887.

The cervix was easily drawn down to the vulvar orifice and, with