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The recent growth of private hospitals devoted to abdominal surgery and other operative procedures deserves attention as indicative of an increased appreciation on the part of the profession of the responsibilities of its work. These institutions have risen in response to a real need. The conscientious surgeon is no longer content to subject his patient and reputation to results necessarily attending operations in offices, private houses, hotels and public hospitals, the latter primarily intended for the alleviation of the poor. A refinement of technique that would ensure the best results required the creation of a machine adapted to the highest quality of work. It is not a little surprising that this most ordinary provision of a proper means for effective work in relieving and curing human suffering should have been so long neglected by the medical profession, while the meanest trades that minister to the wants and vanities of the
MASSEY GB. A SUMMARY OF ELECTRO-THERAPEUTIC WORK IN A PRIVATE HOSPITAL.Read before the Philadelphia County Medical Society, April 26, 1893. JAMA. 1893;XX(20):547–549. doi:10.1001/jama.1893.02420470001001
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