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January 23, 1915


JAMA. 1915;LXIV(4):362-363. doi:10.1001/jama.1915.02570300076041

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As a result of the several articles which have appeared during the past few years from the pen of one of the authors of this book, the term "anoci-association" has come to have a definite meaning in surgical practice, a meaning, however, which, judging from some of the criticisms of it, is frequently misunderstood. The idea seems to be prevalent that anoci-association refers to a particular method, or a certain technic in doing a particular thing against which the criticism is directed. As a matter of fact, anoci-association consists in the principles of, or if one may use such a comprehensive term, the philosophy of harmful stimuli; their nature; their effects on the living organism; the manner in which the organism reacts to them; methods of preventing harmful effects, etc. Whether or not one agrees with all of the author's methods is immaterial so long as one recognizes the basic

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