The business world has learned the value of frequent inventories of the stock on hand with a view to discarding the old-fashioned and shop-worn articles to make room for the new and up-to-date goods. It would be well if we of the professional world would follow their example, and take more frequent and accurate inventories of our work and be equally ready and anxious to discard methods which have proved useless and harmful.
The time has certainly come for the gynecologic surgeon to take a retrospective view of his work and ask himself honestly and seriously what operations have proven successful and beneficial to women as a whole, and what methods need revising or relegating entirely to the museum of surgical antiquities. No region of the anatomy offers so alluring a field for experimental surgery as the female pelvis, the practical immunity of the pelvic peritoneum
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