Our mission as gynecologists is to cure women of their diseases, and any procedure, however skillfully executed, is a failure if a cure is not effected.Whether gynecology is to continue to be a living, growing specialty and to redound to the benefit of womankind, as its founders originally conceived, will depend very largely on whether it can be rescued from the ultra surgical, and gynecology not be made a synonum for surgery. The brilliant results obtained by general and gynecologic surgery have been so fascinating that many of the most brilliant of our profession have been so charmed by the glitter as to abandon less luminous fields and devote their entire energies to the development of this department of therapeutics, along purely mechanical lines. While, as has often been said, gynecologists were the first to blaze the way to successful surgery within the abdominal cavity, general surgeons
GROUND WE. SOME CAUSES OF FAILURE AFTER GYNECOLOGIC OPERATIONS. JAMA. 1905;XLV(20):1476–1480. doi:10.1001/jama.1905.52510200022001d
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