Chronic cervicitis, with accompanying leukorrhea, is doubtless the most common of gynecologic complaints. Many agents have been advocated for its treatment. In current practice, however, electrosurgical treatment is recommended almost universally, having practically supplanted other surgical measures.
Celsus1 was among the first to use the actual cautery in the treatment of ulcer of the cervix, and Jobert de Lamballe1 is accredited with the first use of the instrument in treating chronic cervicitis. In this country, Byrne2 in 1889 introduced the cautery knife as a means of removing cancer of the cervix, and Hunner3 in 1906 laid the foundation for future work in electrosurgery for chronic cervicitis by his success with the Paquelin cautery. In 1921 Dickinson4 called attention to the value of nasal cautery points. Hyams5 in 1928 advised conization of the cervix for chronic cervicitis.
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