OPEEATIONS TOO FREQUENT, SAYS A DISTINGUISHED PHYSICIAN.
Professor Dr Ernest Sohweninger, leading physician of the great district hospital Gross Lichterfelde, near Berlin, refers in his annual report to the subject of modern surgery, in a'manner which has created a sensation both in the lnedioal profession and among the public.
His conviction, he says, is that recourse is had to operations far too frequently nowadays. One disease after another ia handed over to operative technique, and the way in which the physioian is pushed on one side by the surgical handicraftsman does not seem to him right. Surgery, which sees nothing, and knows nothing outside its own narrowly staked out province, forgets too often that other ways also lead to the goal.
" Step by step," continues Professor Schweninger, "the physician haa had to give way before the most fortunate surgeon, whose suocess is more quickly evident, and we must to-day quietly look on while frenzy celebrations triumph, where mechanism of the briefest and most generalising inference takes possession of superstitious spirits."
Among the proof adduced in support of his point of view, the Professor states " the functions of the spleen and the office of the appendix are unknown to v?. Therefore, they are unnecessary organs, and we cut them out when anything is wrong with them." Professor Schweninger also deplores the modern system of specialising in the medical profession. " The man," he says, who devotes all his power of work, nil his knowledge and capabilities to the treatment cf only the eyes, nose, ears, skin, nerves, or other organs, runs a risk of losing feeling, and hence the power to treat human beings. He ceases to be a physician, and becomes a virtuoso."
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Modern Surgery., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXII, Issue 6613, 5 July 1905
Modern Surgery. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXII, Issue 6613, 5 July 1905
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