When I addressed the British Gynecological Society1 in 1901 on the subject, "The Complications and Degenerations of Fibroid Tumors of the Uterus as Bearing on the Treatment of These Growths," reporting 218 cases, it was with the purpose of pointing out that, in my judgment, the profession had not had a proper estimate of the natural history, degenerations, complications and dangers of fibroid tumors. At that time no one had considered this subject from the standpoint in question. Martin, 1888, had written a paper2 reporting the degenerations in the tumors themselves, but ignoring the complications which existed in the particular cases reported. But from 1888 until 1901 the literature shows that no special attention had been paid to this subject, and that the complications of fibroid tumors had attracted practically no attention whatever. It can not be otherwise than gratifying to me that following my own paper on the subject
NOBLE CP. THE TREATMENT OF FIBROID TUMORS OF THE UTERUS. JAMA. 1904;XLII(21):1350–1352. doi:10.1001/jama.1904.92490660022001f
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