Edited by Jennifer Reiling, Editorial Assistant.
BY R.C. DUGAN, M.D.EYOTA, MINN.
We have all heard the remark, and perhaps made it ourselves: "If we
had the case in a hospital we would have operated, but could do nothing under
the existing circumstances." The marvelously rapid improvement in hospitals
and hospital equipments has made it possible to do a class of surgery that
would be all but impossible in private houses, especially in those of the
poor with small and perhaps dirty rooms. But, if we accept the responsibility
of the care of the poor at all, it is our duty to do the very best for them
that circumstances permit.
EMERGENCY SURGERY, WITH ESPECIAL REFERENCE TO WORK IN HOMES OF THE POOR.. JAMA. 1999;282(13):1210D. doi:10.1001/jama.282.13.1210