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May 1949


Arch Surg. 1949;58(5):565-575. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1949.01240030575001

PSYCHOLOGISTS tell us that there is no such thing as a mentally absolutely normal human being, that some of us tend toward aberrations paranoid in type and that some of us are a trifle schizoid. I must admit, after thinking over what I am going to present today, that I belong to the latter group. So I hope you will bear with me and try to realize that the things I say are abstract generalizations and that you will not take the attitude of the wife who once asked her husband why women were always excluded from males in after-dinner conversation. He told her that the discussions were usually more or less controversial, but definitely dispassionate, and that women tend to take abstract criticism personally and immediately become defensive. Her response to this was, "But, John, I'm not like that, am I?"

The Preamble of the Constitution of the Western

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