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August 31, 1912

GYNECOLOGIC DISEASE IN THE INSANEAND ITS RELATIONSHIP TO THE VARIOUS FORMS OF PSYCHOSES

JAMA. 1912;LIX(9):713-716. doi:10.1001/jama.1912.04270080395007
Abstract

The influence of gynecologic disease in the causation and prolongation of insanity among women in the past has been the subject of the most extravagant statements. Even yet we hear, usually from those with limited experience, that most of these women can be cured by operation. I am particularly struck with the lack of judgment displayed by some of the writers abroad. Professor Bossi of Milan, who devised the well-known uterine dilator, recently published an article on the relationship of suicide to gynecologic disease based on half a dozen observations and many hypotheses. Professor Schultze of Jena, a month later agreed with Bossi's assumption that a large percentage of psychoses in women could be cured by operation. He referred to the work of Hobbs of Canada, but seemed entirely ignorant of the important work of Manton of Detroit, and Leroy Broun of New York. It is primarily to Manton and

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