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June 11, 1887


JAMA. 1887;VIII(24):655. doi:10.1001/jama.1887.02391490011005

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With the exception of cases of absent menstruation due to constitutional causes and from some ovarian affections, there are many cases of amenorrhœa, or very scanty menstruation, in which the chief fault seems to be with the uterus. Practitioners know that many of these cases are attended with very distressing symptoms, and that relief is urgently required. The administration of emmenagogues and other drugs in such cases is usually attended by but little success; and that the means at our disposal for treating such cases are very inefficient is shown by the number of drugs and measures recommended.

Many years ago Dr. James Braithwaite, of Leeds, after reflecting upon the hæmorrhage caused by uterine polypi, introduced small foreign bodies into the uterine cavity, and left them, when he wished to bring on menstruation or increase its amount. Hot baths, iron, aloetic aperients, and alteration in the diet and habit of

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