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February 13, 1987

Do It to Yourself Section: The Kane Surgery

Author Affiliations

From the Departments of Medicine, West Suburban Hospital Medical Center, Oak Park, III, and Rush Medical College, Chicago (Dr Rennie).

From the Departments of Medicine, West Suburban Hospital Medical Center, Oak Park, III, and Rush Medical College, Chicago (Dr Rennie).

JAMA. 1987;257(6):825-826. doi:10.1001/jama.1987.03390060115037
Abstract

THIS editor was intrigued and felt he could help.

"The photo" Dr Hirsch had enclosed was a photocopy of a faded photograph from some unnamed newspaper. Elsewhere on the clipping was a reference to "Snoops applaud showgirls, hoist highballs, then raid lavish Club Calais on W. 51st St." That and an item about a Brooklyn sheriff who had allowed the county interest money to accrue to his private thrift account induced a comfortable feeling of déjà vu, and then a sad feeling of plus ça change, but it also suggested a place and therefore a paper: The New York Times.

The New York Times of Feb 16,1921,1 carried this "special":

KANE. Pa, Feb. 15.—Dr. Evan O'Neill Kane, chief surgeon of Kane Summit Hospital, performed an operation upon himself for chronic appendicitis this forenoon. Sitting on the operating table propped up by pillows and with a nurse holding his head

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