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In the examination of the rectum or the female genital organs, it is the usual custom of the physician to introduce the speculum and cast the eye in proper range to view the parts exposed. In so doing, he proposes to have all the light in his favor by placing his patient on the chair with the light from the window to enter the cavity exposed. In making the examination, he must of necesity throw his head in such position to obscure to a degree the entrance of the full volume of light and beside his position is such he can take only a partial survey of the parts at one time. It occurred to me from the use of the laryngoscope a person could with ease and much more fully obtain an entire view of the rectal or vaginal passages by using the same plan as in the examination
MITCHELL WF. THE EXAMINATION OF THE RECTUM AND THE FEMALE GENITAL ORGANS WITH REFLECTED LIGHT. JAMA. 1897;XXVIII(7):302. doi:10.1001/jama.1897.02440070016001d
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