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May 9, 1896

VAGINAL HYSTERECTOMY FOR FIBROIDS OF THE UTERUS.

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PROFESSOR OF GYNECOLOGY POST-GRADUATE MEDICAL SCHOOL, SURGEON TO WOMAN'S HOSPITAL. CHICAGO.

JAMA. 1896;XXVI(19):928-933. doi:10.1001/jama.1896.02430710030002a

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Abstract

HISTORICAL.  Vaginal hysterectomy is closely associated in its early history with cancer of the uterus. Greig Smith says, that it is probable that incision of the uterus was practiced by the ancient Greeks, but it is certain that it was subsequently forgotten. Soranus, in his book of "Diseases of Women," who lived in Rome a century before Christ, describes the operation as a surgical procedure for prolapsus. The first authenticated description of vaginal hysterectomy subsequent to this was given by Berengarius, of Bologna, in 1507.In 1560 Andreas A Crucé performed vaginal hysterectomy. J. Schenck a Grafenberg 1617 (Senn) relates a number of cases in which the uterus was removed through the vagina in whole or in part by ignorant persons who had not the faintest idea as to the diffculty or of the extent and gravity of the operation. In 1792 Saumonier removed an inverted uterus below a ligature.

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