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March 22, 1902

PROPOSED INSPECTION OF SURGICAL OPERATIONS BY THE LAITY.

JAMA. 1902;XXXVIII(12):769-770. doi:10.1001/jama.1902.02480120027010
Abstract

A New York legislator has introduced a bill requiring that in any operation on a woman in any hospital, medical college or elsewhere there must be in attendance three of her nearest relatives, who must remain with her until she is returned to bed. There must be absolutely no exposure other than is necessary for the operation, and the attendance of the relatives, it may be presumed, is to enable them to make any protests or criticisms they may feel called upon to utter if any detail of the operation shocks their sensibilities; it would be interesting to see how such a law would work. There are a number of embarrassing contingencies probable as regards its execution; the attendance of relatives will in many cases be difficult to secure, and the question arises whether the operation will have to be suspended in ease one of them should lose his or

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