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December 31, 1898


JAMA. 1898;XXXI(27):1551-1553. doi:10.1001/jama.1898.92450270003001a

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The dimensions of this subject are such that it is impossible to encompass it by the confines of a single article, in a limited time.

The relationship existing between physiology and surgery, in every phase of our profession, is so intimate that, to think or work in the latter without a thoughtful consideration of the former, can never lead to successful results. When we look at what is done by our masters in surgery, we are convinced that they only attained such perfection in their handling of surgical subjects by close application of the very principles of the science. To become merely a flash operator or a mechanic demonstrator of what the human hand, aided by a well-trained eye, is capable of in a dexterous way, may go a long way toward giving that one a wide reputation as a surgeon, but, in the long run, the surgeon is known

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