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May 20, 1911

The Round-Ligament Operation

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Jacksonville, Fla.

JAMA. 1911;LVI(20):1496-1497. doi:10.1001/jama.1911.02560200064028

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To the Editor:  —I have read with much interest the letters of Dr. J. Clarence Webster, of Chicago, and Dr. J. M. Baldy, of Philadelphia, in The Journal, A. M. A., April 29, p. 1280, regarding the origin of the so-called Webster or Baldy operation for suspension of the uterus by posterior suture of the round ligaments. This argument is most amusing to one familiar with certain facts, which, with your kind permission, I shall endeavor to set forth herein.In 1900 and 1901 I held the chair of anatomy and operative surgery in the Post-Graduate Medical School of Chicago. Sometime in the year 1900, Dr. Frank Andrews, of Chicago, told me of an operation for suspension of the uterus that he had then been using for more than ten years. Dr. Andrews' operation consisted of drawing the round ligaments backward through the broad ligaments beneath the Fallopian tubes, and

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