[Skip to Navigation]
Access to paid content on this site is currently suspended due to excessive activity being detected from your IP address 35.175.212.130. Please contact the publisher to request reinstatement.
Article
August 27, 1898

POST-OPERATIVE INSANITY.

Author Affiliations

SUPERINTENDENT AND SURGEON-IN-CHARGE WYOMING GENERAL HOSPITAL; PRESIDENT WYOMING STATE MEDICAL SOCIETY. ROCK SPRINGS, WYOMING.

JAMA. 1898;XXXI(9):447-450. doi:10.1001/jama.1898.92450090013001d

This article is only available in the PDF format. Download the PDF to view the article, as well as its associated figures and tables.

Abstract

For want of a better term I have adopted this one to indicate certain mental aberrations following operations. That very slight operations are not infrequently followed by severe attacks of insanity is beyond a question; at the same time the most severe operations on those who are insane are frequently followed by the return of their normal mental faculties.

Why this unfortunate complication should follow certain operations in both male and female is a question which up to the present time has not been fully settled from a pathologic standpoint. Statistics on this important subject are severely wanting, and it is believed on the part of the writer, that notwithstanding a few cases of post-operative insanity have been reported from time to time in the journals, a great many more have not been reported, possibly for the want of knowledge as to their cause, or maybe a hesitancy on the

First Page Preview View Large
First page PDF preview
First page PDF preview
×