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July 18, 1959


Author Affiliations

Rochester, Minn.

From the Section of Psychiatry, Mayo Clinic and Mayo Foundation. The Mayo Foundation is a part of the Graduate School of the University of Minnesota.

JAMA. 1959;170(12):1369-1372. doi:10.1001/jama.1959.03010120005002

Preoperative psychiatric consultation can help not only in cases in which operation may be contraindicated from the psychiatric viewpoint but also in cases in which operation will prove to be helpful. By critically reviewing the diagnosis of psychoneurosis, the psychiatrist has been responsible for operations that have proved lifesaving. Also, through careful evaluation, the psychiatrist can determine when an indicated surgical procedure is not likely to result in relapse into an earlier psychiatric condition. Five case reports illustrate these various possibilities.