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The resident surgeon (Dr Maeleod), in his usual report, mentioned that two important operations had been performed during the month, one being the amputation of a young man's leg at the thigh, and the other ono of ovariotomy on a female patient. In the latter case between two and three gallons of fluid had been taken away with the tumor, which was of great size, and the woman was now doing well. The doctor expressed his indebtedness to the honorary staff for their assistance in the operations.—The Chairman remarked that it was very gratifying indeed to hear of the success of so serious an operation as the latter ono.—Mr Kingsland also said that ho was highly pleased to hear that an operation of the kind in which the patient in a great many cases was not expected to recover had been performed so successfully. Tho operating room was, howovor, contrary to all rules of medical practice, and was so small that it was totally unsuited for the purpose. There was scarcely room to breathe when chloroform was being used, and in the last operation it was almost death to those engaged in it. It was absolutely necessary that an alteration should be made on the score of decency as well as to give a patient a fair chance to survive a serious operation such as that just performed, —Mr MacFarlane strongly endorsed Mr Kingsland's remarks. He said that tho doctors were three hours in tho room, which was a miscrablo den, and they were so affected by the chloroform, etc., that it was a wonder they succeeded in their work. —' Southland News.'

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Surgical., Issue 8011, 13 September 1889

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Surgical. Issue 8011, 13 September 1889

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