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February 24, 1917


Author Affiliations

Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Medical School of Harvard University BOSTON

JAMA. 1917;LXVIII(8):604-608. doi:10.1001/jama.1917.04270020268006

The published statistics of the results of the abdominal cesarean section would seem to prove that it is an operation of such comparative safety that there cna be little or no question that it should be classed as one of the greatest advances of modern obstetrics. Apparently it offers a safe and easy method for the delivery of an uninjured, healthy child, with a minimum of suffering and risk to the mother in cases which would possibly end disastrously if pelvic delivery were attempted. Although during its period of development the indications for which cesarean section was performed were practically limited to disproporation between the fetal head and the maternal pelvis, the excellent results which followed its employment in properly selected cases have led to a marked broadening of the indications. The time has now been reached when some operators seem to resort to it for slighter indications than those