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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 RenĂ© Siegualt, 1768) which by widening the pelvis would permit delivery of the fetus.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 10: Mass Music-Newman


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