JAMA 100 Years Ago Section Editor:
Jennifer Reiling, Assistant Editor.
J. H. CARSTENS, M.D.DETROIT, MICH.
Fifty years ago the surgical operations performed were principally amputations
of limbs and operations for hernia and stone, but with the discovery of chloroform
and ether and the resulting painlessness of operations, more surgery was practiced.
During the next twenty-five years the resulting large mortality in all kinds
of operations, even the most simple, prevented patients from submitting to
them; yes, even the medical profession would only have recourse to them in
extreme cases, and by this very procrastination the mortality was larger,
to the odium of surgery, and the dread of it was manifoldly increased.
THE REQUIREMENTS OF MODERN SURGERY.*. JAMA. 2001;286(17):2072. doi:10.1001/jama.286.17.2072