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EMMET'S OPERATION. WHEN SHALL IT, AND WHEN SHALL IT NOT BE PERFORMED?1

GUSTAV ZINKE, M.D.
JAMA. 1885;V(4):85-96. doi:10.1001/jama.1885.04470020001001.
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Mr. President:—Trachelorrhaphy, or Emmet's operation for the cure of laceration of the cervix uteri, and its consequences, is recognized by many, in this country at least, as a measure productive of much good, and a great advancement in gynecology. Though the English and the Germans are slow in accepting it, and although in France we find as yet not one who will openly endorse it, the operation seems to be, nevertheless, a legitimate and permanently fixed resource for the relief of some lacerations of the cervix and their results. And how could it be otherwise? The injury is readily diagnosticated, and its mischievous influences easily appreciated and recognized as such by skilful men. What treatment could be more simple, more rational, and more effective? There should not be any doubt upon this question. Still there are some, even in this country, who are disposed to look with disfavor upon

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