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JAMA Revisited
April 3, 2018

The Ethics of Surgery

JAMA. 2018;319(13):1388. doi:10.1001/jama.2017.12314

Originally Published April 4, 1908 | JAMA. 1908;50(14):1089- 1091.

The evolution of surgery during the past century has kept pace with the development of science along other lines, wonderful as this has been, and we have reason for just pride in the contributions made by the surgeons of our own land during this period. If, however, none other had been made than the discovery of the use of ether in producing anesthesia, America would still be entitled to the highest mark of honor. No other discovery yet made in surgery has been so great a boon to suffering humanity….