April 26, 1902


JAMA. 1902;XXXVIII(17):1086. doi:10.1001/jama.1902.02480170040011

The extremely favorable results claimed by A. T. Hobbs1 from his practice of gynecologic surgery among the insane again brings up this oft-discussed subject. A series of 253 cases operated on is reported, extending over a period of six years, during which 1000 female patients were received at the hospital. As a result of these operations 101 women are reported to have been restored to mental health and the annual discharge rate of the women's side of the hospital advanced from 37 per cent. to 52 per cent. The discharge rate for men, 35 per cent., during this time has remained the same. With the exception of this introduction of gynecologic surgery the treatment for the insane under Hobb's observation has remained practically unchanged for a long period. Hobbs makes some detailed analyses of his operative work and its results upon different forms of insanity, but certainly with too little

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