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September 23, 1893

THE ABUSE OF EMMET'S OPERATION FOR LACERATION OF THE CERVIX.Read in the Section of Obstetrics and Diseases of Women at the Forty-fourth Annual Meeting of the American Medical Association.

JAMA. 1893;XXI(13):457-459. doi:10.1001/jama.1893.02420650023001f

Emmet first operated for laceration of the cervix uteri in 1862. His published statement on the operation appeared in 1869. He published an elaborate paper on the subject in 1874, and another in 1877. These papers were the outcome of many years' practical observation, not only of the operation itself, but of its relation to numerous pathological conditions, some of which the operation might cure, and others of which the abuse of the operation might cause.

The original literature was characterized by conservatism, by completeness, by deliberation; it warranted, and subsequent results have justified, the prophesy of Marion-Sims, who said: "We can't modify the operation; we can't change it; we can't improve, for it is perfect; perfect in its method, and perfect in its results. Like all new operations it is likely to be abused, but the time will soon come when it will assume its place in the foremost rank