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The surgery of ectopic pregnancy is mature rather than old. It is little more than thirteen years ago that Mr. Lawson Tait first deliberately performed an abdominal section to rescue a woman dying from a ruptured ectopic pregnancy. The influence of this triumph in surgery is immeasurable. The number of lives saved is innumerable. The literature of the subject in text book, transaction, monograph and journal is stupendous. Methods of operation have been so far perfected that further progress in that direction is not likely to occur. However, women are yet dying the world over without any effort being made for their relief, or even the condition being recognized during life.
In view of the great interest taken in ectopic pregnancy these deaths should, for the most part, be avoided. Investigation will show that much of the literature is controversial in character. The disputed pathology and methods of treatment in
MACDONALD WG. THE PRESENT STATUS OF ECTOPIC PREGNANCY—A SURGICAL DISEASE. JAMA. 1896;XXVII(4):192–196. doi:10.1001/jama.1896.02430820020003c
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