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July 21, 1917

PROBLEM OF UNNECESSARY OPERATIONS AND OF INCOMPETENT SURGEONS

JAMA. 1917;LXIX(3):161-163. doi:10.1001/jama.1917.02590300001001
Abstract

I desire to present briefly an outline of a problem which I believe confronts the medical profession and which demands careful investigation and action. I refer to the problem of bad surgical therapy, of unnecessary surgical operations and of incompetent surgeons. In my work as chairman of the Council on Medical Education, and in my position as teacher of surgery and as attending surgeon in a teaching hospital, I have during the last ten years been much impressed with the fact that there does exist this definite problem which the American medical profession should face. My conception is that this problem should not be attacked by any individual, or by any local or special medical society, but should be investigated by the organized medical profession of the entire country through the council or committee best suited to do this work. This problem should be attacked without any sensationalism, certainly without

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