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JAMA 100 Years Ago
March 22/29, 2006

INSANITY AS A RESULT OF HYSTEROTOMY AND OÖPHORECTOMY.

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JAMA 100 Years Ago Section Editor: Jennifer Reiling, Assistant Editor.

JAMA. 2006;295(12):1461. doi:10.1001/jama.295.12.1461

GRAEME M. HAMMOND, M.D., LL.B.
NEW YORK.

Gynecologists have generally accepted the hypothesis that the ovaries influence the development of the brain and that their removal is generally followed by consequences disastrous to that organ. Many things have contributed to this opinion. In a great many cases insanities do follow operations for the removal of pelvic organs. Dudley1 voiced the opinion of gynecologists when he said: “It would seem as if the ovaries, and probably the testicles, add something to the system which is necessary for the individual's complete development, and by removing the ovaries or testicles you deprive the system of something that causes a perversion of nutrition.”

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