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The idea of a radical operation for carcinoma of the cervix originated with Ries and Wertheim. The purpose of this operation, which was applied by Wertheim in 1901, is to remove not only the affected organ, but also the parametrial tissues. However, the limits of the dissection of the parametrium have never been defined with anatomical precision. As a result the extent of such a dissection is left entirely to the choice of the individual surgeon. The results of such procedures, therefore, become difficult to compare statistically. It is time, therefore, to define what is meant by the term "radical."
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