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March 1, 1913


Author Affiliations

Assistant Surgeon, United States Public Health Service ELLIS ISLAND, N. Y.

JAMA. 1913;60(9):657-659. doi:10.1001/jama.1913.04340090019008

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Mental capital or positive suggestion is that renewed courage and hope which the old-time family doctor gave to his patients and which so endeared him to them. His patients said that they "actually felt better the minute he entered the room," and they undoubtedly did.

The wife of a prominent official in a New England city was afflicted with carcinoma of the cervix uteri and after some persuasion submitted to operation. For about one year she remained well, but was then afflicted with metastatic growths in the pelvis and soon became hopelessly cachectic, exhausted and bedridden. Her husbaud came at last to the family physician and said that he felt that his wife was very near her end, and that he wanted everything tried, no matter how heroic; but above all he wanted her demise as painless and comfortable as possible if no real help could be given her. The physician

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