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July 4, 1891

TREATMENT OF ECTOPIC GESTATION.Read in the Section of Obstetrics and Diseases of Women, at the Forty-second Annual Meeting of the American Medical Association, held at Washington, D. C., May, 1891.

JAMA. 1891;XVII(1):5-7. doi:10.1001/jama.1891.02410790019001b

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While it is important in every class of disease to have definite ideas as to the methods of treatment, it is particularly so in the condition under consideration. The obscure character of the symptoms often presented, the difficulty of diagnosis, the grave lesions resulting from development and rupture, render such cases so important, that time devoted to their consideration, even though it may lead to frequent reiteration, is not time lost.

A fierce conflict has been waged during the last few years between the advocates of surgical procedure and those who favor palliative measures. The latter class, recognizing the dangers of a surgical procedure which necessitates the opening of the abdominal cavity, the separation of vascular adhesions, and the increased avenues for septic infection, have endeavored to seek some way by which they may be averted. To accomplish this, the general methods of procedure have been the injection into the

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