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October 14, 1893


JAMA. 1893;XXI(16):579-580. doi:10.1001/jama.1893.02420680029004

Nothing in surgery is more typical of the advances which modern science has made than is the treatment of extra-uterine pregnancy. Although the axiom that death was due to hemorrhage and that the bleeding vessel must be secured was laid down over a century ago, it was a half century before the precept became practice and not until the present time, following the teaching of Mr. Tait, has the practice received the sanction of the operators of the world. If there was nothing else of which he might be. proud, the abdominal surgeon might well point to the life saving record in ectopic gestation.

Although the modern literature of the subject has assumed enormous proportions, beginning with the classical work of Dr. Parry in 1876, there are still many points on which there is by no means a consensus of opinion in the profession. In the first place, there is

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