Excerpt from Homeopathic Journal of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Pediatrics, 1901, Vol. 23
But gynecologists have to deal with conditions far removed from the natural state. It may be with the better understand ing of social relations, the needs of society, and individual responsibility, we will be able to balance this waste of energy, and conserve the forces now misdirected in women; but at present the majority of women, because of their sex, are menaced during the period of their reproductive activity, by the possible development of types of cell degeneration, as the result of fruitless attempts at the evolution of higher cell types. May we not ask ourselves, if in this condition we have a predisposing cause of cancer.
Another passage in the life history of the uterus deserves our consideration. Up to a certain period, the system is prepar ing for the reproductive function; evoluting cells remain dor mant, or are slowly developing. These are finally ready to assume their functional activity, but their period of usefulness is shorter than the life of the individual, and in the process of their involution at the climacteric, are subject to such changes as finally result in their disuse, so far as the function of reproduction is concerned. The uterus, as a part of the reproductive system, then becomes a senile organ, an organ that may be classed among degenerating tissues.
In a state of general good health and well-being, this period is passed over without accident; there can be little doubt that it is fraught with danger when the system is be low par, for the process of structural folding up is one of exceeding nicety, and may well give rise to the establish ment of local conditions, favorable to the development of erratic forms of cell life, and differentiation of the cells them selves, which, in the aggregate, and in their arrangement, are incompatible with health.
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