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February 6, 1892

ORIGIN AND DEVELOPMENT OF MODERN GYNECOLOGY.The President's Address, Delivered at the Annual Meeting of the Gynecological Society of Boston, January 14, 1892.

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JAMA. 1892;XVIII(6):153-156. doi:10.1001/jama.1892.02411100001001

The ancients seem to have acquired much knowledge relative to the treatment of diseases peculiar to women. The early Greek physicians recognized the nature and importance of prolapsus uteri as well as many of the disturbing factors of menstruation. Mention in their writings is made of a fluor albus. The Greeks devoted much time to the consideration of what so long had been denominated "ulceration of the uterus." They speculated much on what should be the dimensions and position of the normal uterus; they understood, to a considerable extent, many of the more serious forms of dystocia. Their ideas of the various forms of uterine version were not unworthy of their genius. Many forms of malignant disease were observed by them. Some of the causes of sterility appear in their writings. Prominent among these, was the preternatural contraction of the uterine canal. Some forms of periuterine and pelvic abscess were