Results will depend on whether hysterectomy was essential or not

BMJ 1996; 313 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.313.7051.231c (Published 27 July 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;313:231
  1. Caroline Richmond
  1. Freelance science writer 21 Stratford Grove, London SW15 1NU

    EDITOR,—David A Alexander and colleagues' conclusion that there is no evidence that hysterectomy leads to postoperative psychiatric illness was ensured by the design of their trial.1 They did not specifically ask the women about their body image before and after operation, they assume that women who are willing to be randomised are typical of all women, and the women were probably carefully counselled.

    Women vary in their feelings about their womb: for some it is nothing …

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