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December 8, 1900

Grooved Director for Vaginal Hysterectomy.

JAMA. 1900;XXXV(23):1492. doi:10.1001/jama.1900.02460490050013

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Troy, N. Y., Nov. 24, 1900.

To the Editor:  It is with pleasure that I acknowledge priority for the director for vaginal hysterectomy in favor of Dr. Joseph Eastman on the statements in the letter to The Journal of November 24, p. 1359. It is only another illustration of the fact that similar ideas and needs often bring identical results. That my oversight of Dr. Eastman's previous publication is at least pardonable is shown by the fact that the "director" was exhibited at three medical meetings in large cities in the state of New York, and privately to several gynecologists of more than national reputation, and in no instance was a hint of previous knowledge given.Having no desire for mere priority, I cheerfully give way to Dr. Eastman, whom I hold in high esteem for his personal worth and professional work.

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