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December 26, 1896


JAMA. 1896;XXVII(26):1353-1354. doi:10.1001/jama.1896.02431040035007

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The current literature of the last three years has been teeming with reports of complications in pregnancy and labor subsequent to, and directly traceable to, a previous operation of ventral or vaginal fixation of the uterus for retrodisplacement or prolapse of that organ. So frequently have these unfortunate results occurred, especially after vagino-fixation, that the latter operation has already been practically abandoned, even by its originators, and the most earnest advocates of the ventral operation have modified their technique in various ways in an endeavor to avoid as far as possible the difficulties alluded to. The variety and comparative frequency of the complications after hysteropexy have recently been presented by Dorland of Philadelphia, in a comprehensive paper on the subject, and the deductions that he has drawn from his investigations are well worthy of a few moments' consideration.

In the first place, he ascribes all of the ill results noted

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