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PATHOLOGIC DIAGNOSES IN AND BASES FOR ONE THOUSAND HYSTERECTOMIES

MARK C. WHEELOCK, M.D.; ANTHONY PIZZO, M.D.
AMA Arch Surg. 1953;67(6):920-923. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1953.01260040933013.
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THIS STUDY was made with two purposes: first, to compile a statistical table of the frequency of certain anatomic changes in the uterus and, second, to learn in how many hysterectomies there is a pathological basis for surgical intervention. Attempts to find an accurate summation of lesions have not been successful. The review was strictly objective by members of the pathology department.

In compiling data, recourse was had to the pathologic reports with no use of records for histories, physical findings, and operative description except for verification of cases of prolapsed uteri.

Total excision of the uterus was done in 930 of these cases; thus only 70 were supracervical in character.

METHOD OF ANALYSIS  The figure 1,000 was selected with the thought that it was large enough to permit of statistical computation and sufficiently small to allow ease of interpretation. Futhermore, with use of 1,000 cases, the study covered a

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