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No branch of medicine has made such rapid advance in a comparatively short space of time as gynecology. Though ovariotomy had been performed successfully for more than seventy years, it was not until the publication of Marion-Sims' work on "Uterine Surgery," some thirty years ago, that diseases of women forced a recognition from the medical world as a separate branch of medicine. From that time on, gynecology has, as it were, leaped full-grown into existence. New operations and methods of operations were successfully tried, improvement followed upon improvement, and operative gynecology became a source of admiration to the profession as well as to those whose lives have been relieved by the surgeon's knife, of manifold burdens.
But while there is so much light, there is much darkness. How many ovaries, how many wombs have been sacrificed, how many women have been made sterile, to satisfy this furor operativum. While one
MAYER OJ. MASSAGE IN GYNECOLOGY.Read in the Section on Obstetrics and Diseases of Women,at the Forty-fifth Annual Meeting of the American Medical Association, held at San Francisco, June 5-8, 1894. JAMA. 1894;XXIII(6):236–240. doi:10.1001/jama.1894.02421110024001h
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