Hysterectomies were almost as common as tonsillectomies in the 1930s.
But a total hysterectomy, removing the ovaries as well as the uterus, was a drastic procedure that upset a woman's hormonal balance and was a possible danger to her emotional balance as well.
So, as medical treatments improved, the surgeons began to slow down on hysterectomies. But, says Manhattan's Dr.
Leonard L. Hyams, himself a gynecological surgeon, they have not slowed down enough. The fact is, he recently told the New York Academy of Medicine, that far too many hysterectomies are still being done on women under 40, when all that...