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November 24, 1900

Grooved Director for Vaginal Hysterectomy.

JAMA. 1900;XXXV(21):1359. doi:10.1001/jama.1900.02460470049013

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Indianapolis, Nov. 17, 1900.

To the Editor:  —I am very much surprised to read in your issue of November 17 an article by Dr. E. D. Ferguson, of Troy, N. Y., in which he describes a grooved director for vaginal hysterectomy that in every essential feature is identical with the grooved staff devised by Dr. Joseph Eastman twelve years ago.It is only fair to Dr. Ferguson to assume that he was not aware that he had been antedated twelve years in his invention, although it must be admitted that his acquaintance with the various methods of vaginal hysterectomy was not quite as wide as it might have been before placing his grooved director before the profession.The staff devised by Dr. Joseph Eastman has been described and illustrated in such prominent medical journals as the New York Medical Record of April 1, 1893, the American Gynecological and Obstetrical Journal

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