Ever since Vincent Knapp published his 1999 article ‘‘How old is Endometriosis?’’ (1), there seems to have been renewed interest in identifying just when endometriosis was discovered as a distinct disease entity. While the history of endometriosis subsequent to its 1860 microscopic unveiling by Karl von Rokitansky has been well-studied, its story leading up to that moment has remained largely unknown. The time seemed ripe to cast light on this chasm of history and give voice to the inaudible narratives of illness that have been lost in the margins of centuries. Inexact as the study of history may be, nevertheless clinical observations from the past may offer unique perspectives that would otherwise have been entirely overlooked.
Endometriosis: ancient disease, ancient treatments
About the Author: Dr. Ceana Nezhat
Ceana Nezhat, MD is a world‐renowned gynecological surgeon and medical director of Nezhat Medical Center in Atlanta, which specializes in minimally invasive surgical treatment of severe and multi‐organ endometriosis, infertility, and urologic and pelvic reconstruction. He has developed techniques and refined instrumentation for minimally invasive surgery for the benefit of patients globally.