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July 9, 1887

ADDRESS IN OBSTETRICS AND GYNECOLOGY.Delivered before the Thirty-eighth Annual Meeting of the American Medical Association, June, 1887.

JAMA. 1887;IX(2):33-35. doi:10.1001/jama.1887.0240010017001

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The past year has given few, if any, remarkable discoveries, either in gynecology or obstetrics. In the domain of gynecology, general attention is being devoted to tubai diseases and their operative treatment. The greatest difficulty is, evidently, in correct diagnosis. Diagnosis rendered reasonably certain, the removal of the Fallopian tubes is not especially difficult or dangerous.


In ovariotomy it would seem that all has been accomplished that is possible, and it is not improbable that the astonishing success of the operation may lead to the too frequent extirpation of the ovaries for supposed cystic degeneration, enlargement, congestion, etc. The practice of leaving the apparently undiscovered portion of the ovary when possible, in the extirpation of ovarian cysts, as recommended by Schroeder, is questionable. It is probable that time will prove the safer practice to be the removal of the entire organ. Electricity as a therapeutic agent in gynecology is

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