from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Prior to the establishment of asepsis; antedating the period of introduction of aseptic surgery.
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The well-founded doubts which in preaseptic times many accoucheurs entertained concerning the Caesarean operation, led to so-called symphyseotomy (Jean René Siegualt, 1768) which by widening the pelvis would permit delivery of the fetus.
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