Evolution of Second Trimester Abortion Techniques

  • Warren M. Hern


Second trimester abortion techniques have varied during the past century, but current practices are essentially refinements of methods practiced for decades. Anecdotal accounts from both Europe and the United States indicate that 19th century and early 20th century physicians employed surgical evacuation of the uterus by various instruments; laminaria was used in the 19th century but abandoned due to the risks of infection.


Major Complication Rate Surgical Evacuation Trimester Abortion Anecdotal Account Uterine Evacuation 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1986

Authors and Affiliations

  • Warren M. Hern
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  1. 1.Boulder Abortion ClinicBoulderUSA

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