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September 18, 1897


JAMA. 1897;XXIX(12):576-581. doi:10.1001/jama.1897.02440380018002c

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Whatever adds to the health of woman tends directly to increase the happiness of the human race. On her physical condition hangs the destiny of nations. The truthfulness of this assertion is instinctively recognized by the medical world. Hence, volumes have been written, and a controversial warfare has been waged for centuries in an endeavor to elucidate her diseases and relieve her suffering. So bitter have been these conflicts in regard to the pathology of her ailments and their treatment, that the pelvic cavity may well be called the battle-ground of medical science.

Every generation, every decade, sees new triumphs in the direction of truth. The last quarter of a century has witnessed a revolution in the surgery relating to the pelvic region. While general surgical methods have made a very decided advance, it must be conceded that some of the greatest triumphs have been achieved by improved operative measures

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