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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
REED RH. POST-OPERATIVE INSANITY. JAMA. 1898;XXXI(9):447–450. doi:10.1001/jama.1898.92450090013001d
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