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October 25, 1924


JAMA. 1924;83(17):1336. doi:10.1001/jama.1924.02660170052019

Recently, The Journal commented on the views expressed by Wenckebach relative to the surgical treatment of angina pectoris. It is interesting, therefore, to find no less an authority on diseases of the heart than Sir James Mackenzie 1 commenting with his usual clarity on the significant features of this invasion, by surgeons, of what has heretofore been considered wholly a medical condition. He opens his critique with a brief comment as to what actually constitutes progress in surgery:

The impression has got abroad that the feats of the surgeon are indications of the progress of medicine. When operations are carried out with a full knowledge of the morbid conditions which it is intended to relieve, and with a knowledge of the functions of the structures which the surgeon cuts in his operation, there might be some reason for regarding such surgery as an example of the progress of medicine; but

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