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April 11, 1891

OVARIOTOMY AS A PROPHYLAXIS AND CURE FOR INSANITY.

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OF RACINE, WIS.

JAMA. 1891;XVI(15):516-517. doi:10.1001/jama.1891.02410670012002c

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Abstract

I desire to present to the readers of The Journal, a very interesting case of pseudo-insanity which I recently cured by removing both ovaries with their tubes, bringing about a complete restoration of a mind which had been under a cloud for thirteen years, and which had been pronounced incurable insanity.

Miss Ada M., Racine, Wis., age 25, brunette, full habit, fair health. When she was thirteen years old she had a severe attack of scarlet fever which left her in a very unsound condition of mind. From the age of 14 she began to show signs of unsoundness of mind, which grew rapidly worse until she was 18, when she became so violent and unmanageable that her parents were obliged to apply for a medical commission to examine into her mental condition with a view of sending her to an asylum, which was accordingly done. She was committed to

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