'Tis not in mortals to command success, But we'll do more, Sempronius,— We'll deserve it.— (Addison.)
When the surgeon has completely removed the diseased structures, repaired damaged tissues or replaced dislodged organs or viscera, and the patient has survived the ordeal, has the operator completed his work or should he see to it that the resulting condition in the months and years to come is such as will elicit from the patient words of praise for the operator and operation?
While it would be a matter of great satisfaction if I could give tables of hundreds of operations without a death, or enlarge on the successes which have (and have not) followed my work, I prefer on this occasion to direct attention to certain factors in dealing with individual cases which will aid the abdomino-pelvic surgeon in attaining this desirable ambition—success—in some cases. For convenience and brevity the life history
GALLANT AE. SUCCESS: THE SURGICAL DESIDERATUM.. JAMA. 1906;XLVII(17):1357-1361. doi:10.1001/jama.1906.25210170021002e