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December 14, 1901


JAMA. 1901;XXXVII(24):1610. doi:10.1001/jama.1901.02470500038003

We are reasonably deferential to European medicine in this country, and it may be at times unreasonably so. A few noted advances in surgery have been credited to us, such as anesthesia, certain matters in abdominal surgery, etc., but as a rule only after controversy and the refutation of the assertions of the aggressive European claimants and their partisans. Brown-Séquard used to complain that Germans were constantly rediscovering French contributions to science, and in this country we may with some reason hold all Europe in a like way, as trespassing upon our own preserves of credit for additions to surgical methods and advances. One of the latest of these is to be found in Mr. Buckston Browne's article in the London Lancet of November 23, abstracted in this issue, in which he claims suprapubic prostatectomy as peculiarly a British contribution to surgery and gives all the credit of its origination