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October 21, 1916


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JAMA. 1916;LXVII(17):1216-1218. doi:10.1001/jama.1916.02590170024008

General interest in the question of the treatment of myoma of the uterus has been rekindled by the enthusiastic claims of advocates of the Roentgen ray and radium treatments. Surgery has fought and won against the old ideas of the harmlessness of the majority of these uterine growths, showing that in many cases they take on activity after a period of quiescence, that they undergo malignant degeneration, that they may produce harmful pelvic and abdominal lesions, that they predispose to carcinoma of the uterus, that they produce a variety of harmful pressure effects and in short that any given series of women who are the subjects of these growths will in time show a large percentage who suffer from one or more of a great variety of complications that are more or less disabling or dangerous to life.

We have fought to a finish the idea that if a woman