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December 31, 1898

SOME EXPRESSIONS OF ABORTIVE ATTEMPTS AT INSTRUMENTAL ABORTION.

JAMA. 1898;XXXI(27):1560-1564. doi:10.1001/jama.1898.92450270012001e
Abstract

Without doubt, of all the cavities of the gynecean body not intended by nature to be invaded with impunity, the impregnated uterine cavity enjoys the distinction of being the most often explored. This is so, not only because of the many delicate perplexities ofttimes presented for differential diagnosis, but also because of the many other less scientific, but ethically regarded purposes.

Most often abortion, with its sequelæ, follows these instrumental invasions. Not seldom, and in the hands of skilled operators, these attempts and even repeated attempts to induce abortion prove abortive, much to the surprise of the patient and discomfiture of the operator; the reaction caused by the attempts passes off and pregnancy continues. In a few cases trauma and infection are caused by these attempts, yet pregnancy continues, but sooner or later and before full term is attained, dangerous inflammatory and septic reaction follow from these traumatisms and infection,

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