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February 18, 1893


JAMA. 1893;XX(7):182-183. doi:10.1001/jama.1893.02420340016002

To the Editor of the Journal of the American Medical Association:  I am not willing to allow the statements in the editorial article on "Removal of the Ovaries as a Therapeutic Measure in Public Institutions for the Insane" in The Journal for February 4, to pass without question. I presume the statements are made on the authority of the distinguished chairman of the Lunacy Committee, of the Pennsylvania Board of Public Charities. Now, while I cheerfully concede Dr. Morton's distinction as a surgeon and teacher and acknowledge my obligations to his many valuable contributions to surgical literature, I cannot allow his sweeping assertions upon this question to pass without a mild protest.Several years ago my attention was attracted by the statement frequently made in medical societies to the effect that many abdominal sections with removal of the uterine appendages had been done in American Insane Hospitals with a view