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March 11, 1905

There Was No "Operation on the Wrong Patient."

JAMA. 1905;XLIV(10):804-805. doi:10.1001/jama.1905.02500370052017

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New York City, March 3, 1905.

To the Editor:  —The account you sent me and, indeed, all the various reports that have come to me in the form of clippings, from various parts of the country, are of the most sensational character and have no rational basis whatever. The incident on which they are apparently based is as follows: A day or two previous to my regular clinic day, after careful examination I designated two women for my operative clinic. They were both cases of retrodisplacement of the uterus, one a simple uncomplicated case, and the other complicated by a tumor of the right uterine appendages. About the character of this tumor there was some difference of opinion between my assistants and myself, they being very positive that it was a case of ectopic pregnancy while I had pronounced it hydro-salpinx. There was some eagerness in the discussion, and each

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