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English gynaecologist, born May 1, 1845, Edinburgh, Scotland; died June 13, 1899, country estate Llandudno, North Wales.


•  The treatment of cleft palate. 1870.

•  The Pathology and Treatment of Diseases of the Ovaries.
   Being the Hastings Prize Essay for 1873. 1874.
   4th edition, revised and enlarged, New York : William Wood & Company, 1883.

•  Anatomy of umbilical cord. Proceedings of the Royal Society, 1876.

•  An Essay on Hospital Mortality based on the Statistics of the Hospitals of Great Britain
   for Fifteen Years
. London, 1877.

•  Diseases of Women. A Textbook for Students and Preactitioners.
   London, Williams and Norgate, 1877. 2nd edition 1879.
   New York: William Wood & Company; 1879.
   Philadelphia : Lea Borthers & Co. 1889.
   Translated into French by Dr Olivier in 1886 and by Dr Bétrix in 1891.

•  Removal of normal ovaries. British Medical Journal, 1879, 1: 813-814.
   Tait reported that he had performed Battey's operation on
   August 1, 1871, 16 days before Battey.

•  A case of removal of the uterine appendages.
   British Medical Journal, 1881, 1: 766-767.Oöphorectomy, February 1881.

•  The Uselessness of Vivisection upon Animals as a Method
   of Scientific Research
   Birmingham, 1882. Reissued in America in 1883.
   Translated into German, Dresden, 1883. It is full of fallacies.

•  General Summary of Conclusions from One Thousand Cases of
   Abdominal Section
. Birmingham: R. Birbeck, 1884.

•  Five cases of extra-uterine pregnancy operated upon at the time
   of rupture
. British Medical Journal, 1884, 1: 1250-1251.
   The first successful operation for ruptured ectopic pregnancy
   was peformed by Lawson Tait on March 1, 1883.

•  On the method of flap-splitting in certain plastic operations.
   British Gynaecological Journal, 1887-1888, 3: 367-376.
   British Gynaecological Journal, 1891-1892, 7: 195-214.
   Tait devised a flap-splitting operation for retocele which,
   with some modifications, is in use today.

•  Lectures on Ectopic Pregnancy and Pelvic Haematocele. Birmingham, 1888.

•  An address on the surgical aspect of impacted labour.
   British Medical Journal, 1890, 1: 657-661.
   The Tait-Porro operation, by which tait performed Caesarean section
   in cases of placenta praevia.

•  On the occurrence of pleural effusion in association with disease of the
   Medico-Chirurgical Transactions, 1892, 75: 109-118. Meigs syndrome.

•  Lectures on ectopic pregnancy and pelvic haematocele.
   Birmingham, Journal Printing Works, 1888.

•  Diseases of Women and Abdominal Surgery. London, 1889.

•  General summary of conclusions from 400 consecutive cases of abdominal section. 1894.

Biographical etc.

McDowell, Ephraim:
•  Three cases of extirpation of diseased ovaria.
   Eclectic Repertory & Analytical Review, Medical and
   Philosophical, 1817, 7: 242-244.

W. J. S. McKay:
Lawson Tait, his life and work. London, 1922.

Harvey Flack:
•  Lawson Tait. Thomas Vicary Lecture 1947.

Harvey Flack:
•  Lawson Tait, 1845-1899.
   A biography. Expanded from the Thomas Vicary lecture
   delivered in 1947. London, 1949.

W. Risdon:
•  Robert Lawson Tait. London: National Anti-Vivisection Society; 1967.

•  Classic pages in obstetrics and gynecology. Robert Lawson Tait.
   General summary of conclusions from one thousand cases of
   abdominal section
   St. Louis, Missouri : Mosby-Year Book Inc. 1974, 118 (5): 717.

J. A. Shepherd:
•  The contribution of Robert Lawson Tait to the development of
   abdominal surgery.
Surgery annual, 1986, 18: 339–349.

Ira M. Rutkow:
•  Surgery – an Illustrated History. Mosby-Year Book, Inc. 1993.

A. Greenwood:
•  Lawson Tait and opposition to germ theory: defining science in
   surgical practice
   Journal of the history of medicine and allied sciences,
   April 1998, 53 (2):  99–131.

I. M. Golditch:
•  The forgotten gynecologist. Obstetrics and gynecology,
   January 2002, 99 (1): 152–156

•  Dictionary of National Biography, supplement III.

Stewart McKay:
•  Lawson Tait, his Life and Work, London, 1922. From Wikipedia.

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