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April 17, 1897

TREATMENT OF PERIUTERINE SEPTIC DISEASES.

Author Affiliations

PROFESSOR OF GYNECOLOGY AND ABDOMINAL SURGERY, BIRMINGHAM MEDICAL COLLEGE, BIRMINGHAM, ALA.

JAMA. 1897;XXVIII(16):731-732. doi:10.1001/jama.1897.02440160013001c

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Abstract

Only recently has the extremely radical procedure of hysterectomy been practiced in this country for septic diseases of the internal genitals. A wave, which had its origin in Paris at the hands of Péan, aided by Richelot, Segond, Jacobs and others, reached our shores three years ago and has found a considerable following among our leading operators. There has been much rivalry for some years in this country as to who could do the largest number of hysterectomies most successfully, but I will not say that it is possible this innovation was more readily embraced as it afforded great opportunity for such ambitious ones, who had almost ceased to be interested in the more simple operation of salpingo-oöphorectomy, to increase their cases of hysterectomy more rapidly. They claim that there is no use in leaving the uterus behind after the removal of the appendages; that "in every operation for septic

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