ORGAN DISEASES OF WOMEN AND STERILITY by BURNETT.
THE uterus or womb being a living organ adapted for special purposes has peculiarities all its own. In its early life-in fact at any time in its maiden state-its main function is, so to speak, to keep out of the way and obtrude itself upon its owner as little as may be: it has to abide; its day is not yet. Hence the virgin womb is-at any age-if quite healthy, and a normally undisturbed part of a normal person-a very small affair, and it finds no great difficulty in keeping out of the way and out of the reckoning. In shape and appearance, and indeed, in size it may fairly fitly be compared to a pretty big inverted pear, but not so oval: the stem of the pear corresponding to the neck of the womb, and the thick end to the body and fundus. The normal virgin womb balloons about within the abdomen out of harm’s way: it is light and hollow, and somewhat supported laterally, and so long as it is in this happy state of un-awakened life, and so long as it is normal in its health, so long is it without trouble and giving none.
With this normal hollow inverted pear-shaped organ lightly ballooning about in its appointed place. I have here nothing to do. It is only when the organ gets ill, enlarged or displaced, and thus troublous and troublesome, that it becomes object of the curative art.
The orthodox and almost universally believed-in, and practised, treatment of the enlargements and displacements of the womb is surgical and mechanical. Speaking roughly and broadly, supports-pessaries-are inserted and worn to keep up the organ because it is too heavy to remain up in its place. Certain surgical operations are also undertaken for its fixation. In other words, it is reasoned thus:
Here we have a more or less moveable organ that is too heavy, and flops down on to the floor of the pelvis, or even prolapses through the vulva; it must be put back into its place and kept there by a support adapted to the case, and then the patient will be comfortable and able to go about. Or, the enlargement of the womb is on one side only, so that the organ is lopsided and falls over and down-wards, giving rise to a more or less complicated displacement. Therefore, it is reasoned, the organ must be not only supported by an adequate mechanical contrivance, but it may be needful to perform certain operations for the purpose of straightening and fixing the organ, and so on. It is in no wise needful to prove that this is the commonly accepted position of general medicine and surgery at the present day, since no one will deny it. That being so, is there anything more to be said on the subject? How is a thing that is too heavy and fallen down out of its right position, even protruding from the body, to be put back and kept in place in any other way? that is surely common sense. To this my answer is as follows:-
Instead of regarding the heavy, enlarged, and displaced organ as unalterably heavy, enlarged, and displaced, can we not so use our vast array of remedies to make the organ lighter, to the end that it may of itself return to its proper place, simply because it has become too light to remain in its abnormally low position. Surely if an organ is out of place because it is too big and too heavy, its displacement must be due to gravitation, and if we here get rid of its too great weight, it will gravitate back to its right place, even adhesions becoming inadequate to prevent its ascent. This is my position in the present volume. It is here my business to show that this can be done, and to name some of the remedies at our disposal for effecting the same, so that others may, if they choose, go and do likewise. There are plenty of scientific homoeopathic and other physicians in the world who have thus regarded and treated enlargements and displacements of the womb any time during the last fifty years, hence I lay no claim to having made a discovery. Having imbibed the idea of curing enlargements and displacements of the uterus by medicines given in the ordinary way by the mouth, and having succeeded well in so doing, I have thought the matter out for myself so as to come to a clear position as to what it all really means, and I have systematically treated all my uterine cases during the past twenty years in the manner here indicated, and therefore I speak to facts within my own knowledge and experience, and claim a right to be heard.