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August 23, 1902

VAGINAL SECTION FOR THE RELIEF OF THE UNCOMPLICATED SYMPTOM OF STERILITY.IS IT JUSTIFIABLE TO ENTER THE PERITONEAL CAVITY UNDER THESE CIRCUMSTANCES?

JAMA. 1902;XXXIX(8):411-416. doi:10.1001/jama.1902.52480340005001c
Abstract

The curse of sterility in women has ever been typified by the unfortunate fate of Sarah, of Biblical history, and in the cry of Rachel, "Give me children or I die," there comes wailing through the ages the expression of the saddest disappointment that can befall a woman's heart. The desire for offspring is one of the most powerful instincts that dominates the human breast, either of man or woman, and in the disappointment that attends the failure to realize one's hopes in this direction we have the pregnant source of unhappiness, not only to womankind, but the cause of frequent rupture of the marriage ties.

An inscrutable mystery has always shrouded the beginnings of life and the unfortunate woman doomed to barrenness has been wont to rely on the use of charms, amulets and other marks of superstition to eradicate the curse. Penetrate as we may into the processes

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