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JAMA 100 Years Ago
August 26, 1998

POST-OPERATIVE INSANITY.

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Edited by Brian P. Pace, MA.

JAMA. 1998;280(8):691. doi:10.1001/jama.280.8.691

BY R. HARVEY REED, M.D.

For want of a better term I have adopted this one to indicate certain mental aberrations following operations. That very slight operations are not infrequently followed by severe attacks of insanity is beyond a question; at the same time the most severe operations on those who are insane are frequently followed by the return of their normal mental faculties.

Why this unfortunate complication should follow certain operations in both male and female is a question which up to the present time has not been fully settled from a pathologic standpoint. . . .

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