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February 22, 1902


JAMA. 1902;XXXVIII(8):516-517. doi:10.1001/jama.1902.02480080026003

Surgical anatomy, normal and pathological, has received and is receiving much attention. It occupies a conspicuous place in literature, almost overshadowing wholly what Crile calls surgical physiology, the importance of which from a surgical standpoint does not seem to be appreciated as much as desired. Yet it is very clear, even self-evident, that many surgical operations require ready and exact application of definite knowledge of human functions, gained to a large extent by animal experimentation. It is with this idea that George W. Crile of Cleveland has been carrying out a number of experimental researches bearing upon problems connected with surgical operations. A good example of the sort of work he is doing is furnished by the interesting essay from his pen printed elsewhere in this issue. Studies in the laboratory of various phenomena produced experimentally are made to yield conclusions of direct practical value in the operating room. The