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February 9, 1901


JAMA. 1901;XXXVI(6):366-370. doi:10.1001/jama.1901.52470060010001d

That group of phenomena comprehended under the term dysmenorrhea is as interesting as it is common in the experience of every practitioner of medicine, nor is the interest lessened by the reflection that on the successful management of the case in which such symptoms occur, often depends the reputation of the physician concerned, among a large number of patrons. That the problem is frequently a difficult one will hardly be gainsaid. It can not, therefore, be time misspent if we devote the few minutes at our disposal to the study of the etiology and rational treatment of the abnormal conditions underlying these morbid manifestations. Recent investigations have thrown light on the innervation of the ovary and the uterus, respectively, which greatly facilitate our understanding of the symptoms, especially in organs remote from the genital sphere. The nerves of the ovary originate from the plexus renalis and lower section of the

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