Delivered by invitation before the Medical and Surgical Society of Western Illinois, at Jerseyville, Ill., August 1, 1888.
BY CHARLES A. L. REED, M.D., OF CINCINNATI.
PROFESSOR OF SURGICAL DISEASES OF WOMEN IN THE CINCINNATI COLLEGE OF MEDICINE AND SURGERY, AND OF CLINICAL GYNECOLOGY AT THE WOMAN'S MEDICAL COLLEGE OF CINCINNATI.
Mr. President and Gentlemen:
—In accepting your kind invitation to address you—an honor for which I am profoundly thankful—I find myself embarrassed at once by a wealth of topics and by a poverty of ability. I take it, however, that I will come nearer engaging your attention and fulfilling your expectations by discussing some subject connected with the department of practice with which I am identified. But even within that limitation I have left me a multitude of themes; for the progressive spirit of gynecology and abdominal surgery has brought to the surface many perplexing problems of importance alike