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September 2, 1893

THE PROPRIETY OF OPERATIVE MEASURES IN PELVIC PERITONITIS.Read before the Section of Obstetrics and Diseases of Women, at the Forty-fourth Annual Meeting of the American Medical Association.

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JAMA. 1893;XXI(10):341-342. doi:10.1001/jama.1893.02420620017001j

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Operative interference has become so frequent in pelvic and abdominal troubles that at a casual glance it would seem that nothing had escaped, and that a paper calling attention to any one of the numerous pelvic affections would be superfluous; that all conditions for which operations were advised and practiced were fully understood; that the time for operative interference was definitely settled, and that every community had had an operation or two of this character. A more careful observation, however, will show that neither of these points are settled and without their settlement the status of operative interference is yet a debatable question.

We have arrayed on the one side the conservatives with conservatism carried to timidity. On the other, we have the reckless and amateur operators, of whom the latter are the more dangerous, not alone on account of their inexperience, but in their anxiety to become abdominal surgeons

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