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June 22, 1912


JAMA. 1912;LVIII(25):1935-1938. doi:10.1001/jama.1912.04260060284007

From Jan. 1, 1901, to Dec. 31, 1910, a period of ten years, 1,244 women were operated on in St. Mary's Hospital, Rochester, Minn. (C. H. and W. J. Mayo), for uterine myomas. Of these, ninety-two, or 7.1 per cent., had gall-stones.1

No single factor has served to discredit gynecologic and abdominal surgery during the past twenty years so much as has the failure to bring about symptomatic cures for our patients, though gross pathologic processes have often been found and eliminated at our operations. Frequent complaints from patients that they were worse or at least no better than before the operation have disheartened and discouraged both the patient and her friends, as well as the surgeon, and repeated operations have become necessary because the first was incomplete owing to a failure to find important associated abdominal disease.

Special and regional surgery in limited fields has been responsible for