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September 2, 1893


JAMA. 1893;XXI(10):333-334. doi:10.1001/jama.1893.02420620009001f

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It is my desire to briefly consider the propriety of doing an abdominal section, in suitable cases, for retro-displacements of the uterus.

It is, perhaps, unnecessary that I should preface my remarks with the statement that he who dares to recommend such radical measures for an ailment so insignificant in character, is certain to be severely criticized, and perhaps charged as having an unnatural desire to use the knife when milder measures meet all the indications. It is better, however, to give our views in our own way, from our own standpoint, and cultivate that generous spirit which allows others to do the same.

In my experience, it has been extremely difficult and very often impossible to afford permanent relief in a large majority of cases of chronic retroflection, by methods usually recommended. It is comparatively easy to give temporary relief in many cases, if we will persistently treat the

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