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The question has often occurred to me that some surgeons at least view all therapeutic measures as more or less empirical or useless, and lay too much stress on what can be accomplished by operative procedure alone.
Specialists in any given line are prone to look on any given subject from their point of view; in fact, we are of the opinion that many surgical cases before operation are not treated as they should be, so as to prepare them for the great ordeal and shock incident to a major operation, and as a result of this lack of treatment or proper preparation before operation, they are likely to have to be overtreated after or during the operation.
As a matter of course, in emergency surgery, we often have no time for general treatment, but many other surgical cases are materially benefited by proper attention to their general health, the
SEXTON L. PRE-OPERATIVE AND POST-OPERATIVE TREATMENT OF SURGICAL CASES. JAMA. 1905;XLIV(3):196–198. doi:10.1001/jama.1905.92500300028001h
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