March 31, 1906


Author Affiliations

Associate in Ophthalmology and Otology, Johns Hopkins University. BALTIMORE.

JAMA. 1906;XLVI(13):935-938. doi:10.1001/jama.1906.62510400013001c

That the special surgeon can profit largely by keeping in close touch with general surgery is generally admitted, but that all surgeons would gain immeasurably from as intimate an alliance with physiology as they have established with anatomy and pathology is a fact, perhaps, not so well recognized. Commenting on this matter, in his last review of surgery, in the December number of Progressive Medicine, Dr. Bloodgood alludes to the fact that the physiologist, not specially interested in practical surgical questions and not brought into contact with the daily vital problems confronting the operating surgeon, during his scientific investigations, learns many physiologic facts which would be of great value to the surgeon, yet, with the rarest exceptions, this valuable information is lost, so far as the practical surgeon is concerned. An occasional collection and fitting together of bits of knowledge gained in the course of many physiologic investigations, studies made

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