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September 3, 1898

THE USE OF THE CURETTE IN ACUTE INFECTION OF UTERUS WITH ADHERENT PLACENTA.

JAMA. 1898;XXXI(10):527-528. doi:10.1001/jama.1898.92450100025002f

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Abstract

In the midst of the discussions of the more difficult and complex questions of abdominal and pelvic surgery our leading and most eminent gynecologists, whose opinions are of inestimable value to workers in more limited fields of general gynecologic work, often fail to furnish us lessons from the results of their own varied experience in the less brilliant but equally important matters pertaining to every-day practice.

I have often been impressed with the thought, if our information was definite enough in relation to the use of the curette in removing attached portions of placenta in cases of abortion, premature labor or labor at full term when infection has occured. It is clear enough that in diseases of the endometrium the curette is of great value and is, as a general rule, properly used in the cases which come under our daily notice. But in the cases where, from the retention

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