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April 22, 1911

A Study of the After-Results of Abdominal Operations on the Pelvic Organs. Based on a Series of 1,000 Consecutive Cases.

JAMA. 1911;LVI(16):1219. doi:10.1001/jama.1911.02560160061037

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The author analyzes the after-results in 1,000 cases of pelvic operations. Only one who has attempted to follow up patients for some time after operations will appreciate the immense amount of labor it has cost the author to follow out and determine the present condition of 1,000 patients who had been operated on for pelvic diseases during the past several years. It too often happens that the patient who escapes from the hospital with her life is immediately reported as having been cured of her trouble; or, if the case is reported later, it is assumed that the patient is well simply because she has not been seen or heard of since the operation. It is only by the painstaking method adopted by Dr. Giles that the defects, as well as the advantages, of a given operation become apparent. In the first part of the work the author gives in

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