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November 26, 1892


JAMA. 1892;XIX(22):648-649. doi:10.1001/jama.1892.02420220026012

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" Pelvic cellulitis" existed theoretically, based upon purely clinical phenomena, and the term has almost disappeared from the modern nomenclature of disease, while the condition so long described as such has at last received its proper place in surgical science.

That pelvic cellulitis may occur cannot be denied, but that it is rare, even as a result of post-puerperal infection, has been proved by hundreds of accurate observations, both at the operating table and by post-mortem examinations. The classical essays of Bernutz and Goupil lay long forgotten under the rubbish of dogmatic and incorrect teaching, until the master mind of Lawson Tait, aided in Germany by Hegar and Martin, and in America by Joseph Price, forced the attention of the profession to the exact pathology upon which "pyosalpinx" is founded. It is fortunate for the peace of mind of the common sense practitioner that his imagination is no longer taxed

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