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March 25, 1893

ELECTRICITY IN GYNECOLOGY.Read before the Mahoning County Medical Society, February 13,1893.

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JAMA. 1893;XX(12):327-331. doi:10.1001/jama.1893.02420390009001a

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The practice of gynecology, during the last two decades, has undergone more violent revolutions, perhaps, than any other branch of medicine.

But a short time ago it was believed and taught that displacements of the uterus were the foundation cause of nearly all pelvic troubles, and laboring under this delusion, but few cases of uterine disease could be properly treated without a carefully adjusted pessary. With nearly all gynecologists it was the sine qua non. To-day, the pessary is practically a thing of the past, and but seldom serves a useful purpose.

At one time the most powerful caustics were applied, without reserve, to the endometrium; but soon they were dropped for the milder ones, and still later, the hot water douche and glycerine or boro-glyceride tampon have nearly displaced them all.

At another time the lacerated cervix and perineum were the causes of all the ailments to which the

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