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February 11, 1893

A CONSIDERATION OF SOME OF THE OPERATIVE MEASURES EMPLOYED IN GYNECOLOGY.The President's Address, delivered at the Annual Meeting of the Gynecological Society of Boston, January 12, 1893

JAMA. 1893;XX(6):139-142. doi:10.1001/jama.1893.02420330001001

In looking over the records of our work of the past year for a theme for the President's address, many subjects present themselves as worthy of consideration. For the cure or for the relief of many affections which occur in the pelvic and other organs, abdominal section still holds a prominent rank among the procedures to be adopted. It is gratifying to learn that there has been an increasing success attending operations necessitating abdominal section; this has been shown not only in the cases in which strict antiseptic precautions have been instituted, but also in a large class of cases in which no other precautions were enjoined than the maintenance of a good degree of cleanliness on the part of the operator.

In the abdomen and pelvis there not unfrequently occur diseases or lesions which are not amenable to surgical procedures. Malignant disease of the internal organs, or adhesions of