April 21, 1894


JAMA. 1894;XXII(16):594-595. doi:10.1001/jama.1894.02420950030005

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Dr. John C. Thomson, of Hong Kong, has written in the China Medical Missionary Journal regarding the fortitude of the Chinaman under the surgeon's knife. It often happens in China that the surgeons are called upon to operate in isolated localities, where the suitable anesthetic is wanting or where the proper assistants are not at command. In a large proportion of minor operations, anesthetics are not exhibited. Under a variety of such circumstances the author has observed among the Celestials a degree of unflinching endurance of pain that would be scarcely possible in the more highly developed nervous constitution of the people of the West. There are many considerations among the Chinese that render the latter reluctant to surrender their surgically disordered members to the knife of the foreign surgeon, but when once their feelings of reluctance have been laid aside, the Chinaman becomes a "good patient." In explanation of

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