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August 1986

Surgical Addiction: A Complication of Modern Surgery?

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Otorhinolaryngology and Communicative Sciences, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston.

Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 1986;112(8):870-872. doi:10.1001/archotol.1986.03780080070016

• Today the concept of surgery has changed dramatically. No longer is surgery limited to emergency or lifesaving procedures. We now have surgery by choice, which, despite marked advantages, may well encourage a certain type of individual to have surgery for reasons for which it is not intended. This article discusses the underlying characteristics of the patient who seeks repetitive surgery. The author points out that it is the surgeon's, not the patient's, responsibility to prevent unnecessary surgery.

(Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg 1986;112:870-872)