It is not my purpose, in a brief presentation of the subject, either to discuss the merits and accomplishments of the brilliant leaders, past and present, whose sill and judgment have brought honor to this department of medicine, or to deplore the mistakes that have been made in the name of surgical gynecology by some enthusiasts whose greatest handicap ic inexperience, and others whose place is not properly in gynecology and to whom the science appears as a pseudospecialty.
It is enough to say in passing that not to know the relation of cause and effect in pelvic lesions, not to be familiar by long training with the therapeutic probabilities, the anatomy, pathology and complex functional activities of this region, is to be disqualified by both reason and conscience for surgical undertakings on the organs involved.
While this is true of plastic or minor surgery where function is to be
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