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September 12, 1908


JAMA. 1908;LI(11):903-906. doi:10.1001/jama.1908.25410110025001f

Operative gynecologic surgery has made such strides during the past few years that the practice of minor gynecology has been almost lost sight of. This fact becomes evident when one notes the number of surgical contributions to the relief of uterine displacements and the scarcity of contributions that deal with non-surgical treatment. And it is made still more evident when one converses with recent graduates in medicine, who know practically nothing about mechanical methods of correcting displacements, and who speak as if such therapeutic measures had passed into oblivion.

This condition is undoubtedly due to the advance that has been made in gynecologic surgery, which cures the displacements of the uterus much more rapidly and far more certainly;but we should remember that there are some patients who object to being operated on, and others whose physical condition makes operation unsafe (as, for instance, patients with exophthalmic goiter, with diabetes mellitus,

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