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November 11, 1905


JAMA. 1905;XLV(20):1480-1481. doi:10.1001/jama.1905.52510200026001e

It is with a feeling of great diffidence that I bring before this section such a common-place subject as endometritis, but I feel justified in doing so from the fact that, taking at random six different modern text-books, I find given twenty-seven different kinds of endometritis; out of these twenty-seven varieties, there is no one variety which is mentioned in each text-book. There are three varieties (exfoliating, gonorrheal and septic) which are mentioned in four; four varieties (atrophic, hypertrophic, simple chronic and fungous or fungoid) in three; eight varieties (hemorrhagic, hyperplastic, glandular, interstitial, polypoid, simple, tuberculous and senile) in two, and ten varieties (catarrhal, decidual, menstrual, diphtheritic, infectious, syphilitic, virginal, puerperal, putrid and villous-degeneration) mentioned once each in six different text-books. If gynecologists were earnest, serious students to-day and just beginning their gynecologic studies, they would throw up their hands in despair at twenty-seven different diseased conditions of one small

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