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April 20, 1889

THE PATHOLOGY AND DIAGNOSIS OF SO-CALLED PELVIC CELLULITIS, WITH SPECIMENS OF SALPINGITIS.Read before the Section for Clinical Medicine, Pathology, and Hygiene of the Massachusetts Medical Society, Dec. 12, 1888.

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JAMA. 1889;XII(16):551-556. doi:10.1001/jama.1889.02400930011001b

Few diseases present a more constant and well-defined group of symptoms, both objective and subjective, than the inflammatory affection of the pelvic contents which is so well known under various names. In few diseases has the proper comprehension of the pathology, as derived from autopsies, been so long obscured by notions supposed to be founded on physical examination; in none has a just realization of the essential nature of the disease been followed by so brilliant and successful surgical measures.

Curiously enough, from early times there have not been wanting accurate descriptions of the diseases of the Fallopian tubes, as found at autopsies, but these were supposed to be affected as a consequence of pelvic inflammation, rather than as being the essential and causative factor of the latter. It required the surgical genius and success of Tait and Hégar to bring the profession to realize that the diseased and swollen