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October 1, 1898


JAMA. 1898;XXXI(14):798-799. doi:10.1001/jama.1898.02450140052006

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A subject that formed one of the chief themes for discussion at the late annual Congress of French Alienists and Neurologists and which was also prominently brought before the corresponding body in this country at its latest session may be fairly considered as one of the questions of the day of modern psychiatry. As presented, it is not altogether a simple one; it may be admitted that surgical interventions are sometimes followed by insanity and that there exists in such cases a relation of cause and effect, but it will still remain to be settled whether this is anything more than one of the accidents that may occasionally happen without any special significance, as well as—allowing this to be not established—whether there is any special type of mental disorder thus produced, and what particular class of operations are most likely to have such consequences. It is more particularly within late

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