Twenty years ago, the subject of this paper was one of the topics of leading interest in gynecologic circles. The literature of the day abounded with learned and exhaustive treatises upon the pathology and treatment of the affection.
The reputations of many of our pioneer gynecologists were founded largely upon their successful methods of operating for stenosis and the instruments they invented to correct the condition, as to-day they often depend upon the technique of the major surgical procedures.
J. Marion Sims, Montrose A. Pallen, Sir Spencer Wells, Savage, Greenhalgh, Barnes, Graily Hewitt, Sir J. Y. Simpson, Peasely, Emmet, Routh and Aveling, all these names and many more are associated with the rise and progress of the phenomenal career of a disease which is scarcely noticed in modern literature.
For, notwithstanding the amount of literature that was formerly written upon this subject, the hundreds of operations recorded by older gynecologists,