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November 1, 1902


JAMA. 1902;XXXIX(18):1118-1119. doi:10.1001/jama.1902.02480440038006

Text-books on surgery give, as a rule, only a brief mention of the importance of the mental state of the subject at the time of operation. Perhaps it is considered too self-evident to require emphasizing—a matter that no competent surgeon will neglect. This may be so to some extent, but it is also possible that young surgeons, and perhaps older ones, do not always give the mental condition of the patient the attention it deserves and attribute to other factors the misadventures that are really due to this.

Dr. O. B. Will, in a recently published article,1 gives especial attention to this point which, as he says, is theoretically important, but practically often overlooked, and illustrates its importance with cases from his own experience. To quote his words, it is his confident belief that "while nothing in operative environment, technic and skill is usually overlooked, the facts will bear