Excerpt from Essays on Hysterectomy
The officers responsible for the Surgical Section of the British Medical Association, which met at Oxford, July, 1904, invited me to open a discussion on the "Indications for Hysterectomy." The fact that the operative treatment of an organ usually neglected by the general surgeon should be accorded a prominent position in the Surgical Section is an epoch-making event, and a very significant "sign of the times." It was impossible in the time allowed for opening the "discussion" to give details in support of my opinions, so I take the opportunity of reprinting the opening address and collecting some scattered essays which embody the evidence relating to debatable points.
In this edition the term 'subtotal hysterectomy" replaces the cumbersome phrase "supravaginal hysterectomy," and the odd name "panhysterectomy" is discarded for the more appropriate title "total hysterectomy."
Two essays are added, namely, one concerning uterine fibroids in relation to conception, pregnancy, and puerpery, and a Report on one hundred consecutive cases of abdominal hysterectomy for a variety of uterine diseases attended with recovery in hospital practice, which will serve to show that hysterectomy ranks among the brilliant health-preserving operations of modern surgery.
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