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April 18, 1908

An Arraignment of Surgery?

JAMA. 1908;L(16):1283. doi:10.1001/jama.1908.02530420051017

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New York, April 1, 1908.

To the Editor:  —In The Journal, March 28, page 1025, last paragraph, Dr. Bayard Holmes, professor of surgery in the University of Illinois, describes the hospital requirements of modern surgery. He says:All that the surgeon cares for Is a room for his patient to occupy during the three or four weeks she is recovering from his incisions. She may then go home and get well or lead a life of invalidism. as it happens. To cure his patient and restore her to a life of usefulness and happiness is not the modern surgeon's conception of duty. He looks on the invalid as an incumbrance to his hospital, and all the essentials of recovery as unnecessary expense and space consuming impedimenta.If the professor is not humorously tempting some of us to "bite" in the hope that his paper—otherwise an excellent one—may

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