Since we have found that the uterus may be removed by the vagina with less shock to the patient than by the abdominal method, we may consider the operation of abdominal hysterectomy as well applied to other diseased conditions than cancer, for which the operation was first designed.
Dr. Engleman has well set forth the historical facts in papers recently published (Trans. Southern Surgeons and Gynecologists' Association, 1893-94). The uterus has been successfully removed so often for cancer by various surgeons as to no longer admit of doubt in any respect as to its low rate of mortality, or the vast number of complete and permanent cures.1 This satisfactory result has induced the writer in common with many others, to remove the uterus and the adnexa by the vaginal route for the following reasons:
In cases where partial hysterectomy had been done by the supravaginal method, leaving a sinus
STONE IS. VAGINAL HYSTERECTOMY FOR SUPPURATIVE DISEASE AND ITS RESULTS. JAMA. 1895;XXV(7):260–262. doi:10.1001/jama.1895.02430330002001a
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