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October 9, 1897


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JAMA. 1897;XXIX(15):737-738. doi:10.1001/jama.1897.02440410025002j

A. Mackenrodt is especially notable for his originalness. As a younger member of the Berlin Gynecological Society, he shies his castor with unaccustomed aggression before his seniors in age and rank, and is therefore unpopular. It was Mackenrodt (Dührrsen to the contrary notwithstanding) who introduced the ill-fated vaginal fixation for uterine retrodisplacements. He is the only continental exponent of igniextirpation for carcinoma uteri and of bloodless enucleation of the uterus for intractable postclimacteric inflammations and smaller fibromata. Under the impulse of the condemning reports of Paul Strassmann and others who had confined women with vaginally fixed uteri, "Mackenrodt's operation," after a short life, was relegated, as is well known, to comparative obscurity. Dührrsen still defends it qualifiedly, and the writer has seen A. Martin make the operation repeatedly and recently, but Martin places the uppermost of the three sutures not higher than a point four and one-half centimeters below the

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