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Mr. President and Members of the Southern Surgical and Gynecological Association:
It is with no little diffidence and apprehension that I offer this Society a paper which is the beaten track and the hackneyed theme of a narration of cases, especially since it has been made up little by little as the fragments could be wrested from the busy activities of the practical doctor.
I do not come before you with the promise to present new, and therefore interesting facts; all of us might admit the paucity of facts, even in the great province of medicine, yet all are earnestly looking and longing for them. Every statement, proposition or theory in any department of medicine before it can be reckoned among settled facts, must be submitted to a calm judicial consideration, publicly and openly, before the bar of the medical profession.
In new fields the caution and deliberation of the
OPIE T. LAPAROTOMIES PERFORMED DURING THE PAST YEAR. JAMA. 1892;XVIII(3):67–74. doi:10.1001/jama.1892.02411070007001d
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