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September 11, 1897


JAMA. 1897;XXIX(11):545-546. doi:10.1001/jama.1897.02440370039005

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In the Archives de Physiologie, Normale et Pathologique for July, M. J. H. Keiffer of Brussels devotes a rather well argued article to the glandular function of the uterus; that is, to its utility in the organism as an excretory organ, eliminating toxic products in its function of menstruation. This idea is not altogether a new one, but is practically ignored in most text-books on physiology and gynecology, and the treatment of the subject in the light of modern physiology has something in it of novelty. We are accustomed of late to think of a possible extra-generative function of some of the organs of reproduction; the testicle and the ovary are supposed, with some reason, to furnish an internal secretion that has its purpose and value in the systemic economy, but the uterus is not so commonly regarded in a similar light and menstruation has been considered as a result

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