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March 11, 1911


JAMA. 1911;LVI(10):727-729. doi:10.1001/jama.1911.02560100019006

I have nothing new to offer in the treatment of anteflexion of the uterus, except the resolution not to offer anything new. The great and original Solomon knew of nothing new. In surgery most of the new things are nuisances because it takes so much writing of papers and mutilation of patients to demonstrate that the new usually eventuates in nothing, and should not be written about.

My experience with anteflexion is that somehow or other we have always been able to relieve our patients. Yet, judging from the new things that have been advocated from decade to decade, one would infer that up to the present time, or at least up to the last new thing that is offered for trial, the real thing had not been discovered. It is "off with the old and on with the new." There are many great operators, yet few great surgeons. The

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