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September 6, 1902

PSYCHOLOGY OF HABIT IN SURGICAL TECHNIC.

Author Affiliations

Surgeon to and Medical Director of the North Pacific Sanatorium; Surgeon Northern Pacific Railroad. PORTLAND, ORE.

JAMA. 1902;XXXIX(10):536-538. doi:10.1001/jama.1902.52480360016001c

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Abstract

Medical writers agree as to the necessity for a good technic, but have been singularly silent as to how to acquire it. Too much is taken for granted. Too little study has been given to detail. No effort has been made to separate the things which are always done by habit, from those which must always be done by thought and reason. Much of this is due to a lack of understanding concerning the psychology of habit.

By far the greater part of our work is done without a thought of how it is done. Barely can a man correctly state the moves he uses to dress himself, to cleanse his hands or to prepare a field for operation. It is much like giving a good definition for such familiar terms as "climate," "a cold," etc. Many, however, can tell exactly how to tie the latest fancy bow tie. Many

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