Edited by Brian P. Pace, MA.
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. . . .
POST-OPERATIVE INSANITY.. JAMA. 1998;280(8):691. doi:10.1001/jama.280.8.691