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There is probably no department of surgery that has been carried to a greater extreme by enthusiasts and record makers than laparotomy. This fact has become so flagrantly manifest that there is a general protest from the honest, learned and conservative abdominal and pelvic surgeons against the unnecessary and sometimes criminal mutilation of women by ignorant and unscrupulous men.
At the meeting of the American Gynecological Society at Washington, in September, 1891, composed of men who are as learned and successful surgeons as any in the world, there was a determined and nearly universal effort to impress upon the medical profession the wisdom and benefits of conservative gynecology, and the evil of too much needless mutilation in laparotomy. Dr. A. Doleris has fearlessly discussed the subject "Too many Needless Mutilations—not enough Conservative Gynecology," in the July and August numbers of the Nouv. Arch. d'Obst. et de Gyn. His extensive
WATHEN WH. REPORT ON ABDOMINAL AND PELVIC SURGERY.Report of the Chairman of the Committee on Abdominal and Pelvic Surgerys, read before the Kentucky State Medical Society, May 6, 1892. JAMA. 1892;XVIII(23):693–696. doi:10.1001/jama.1892.02411270001001
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