JAMA. 1907;XLVIII(15):1246-1247. doi:10.1001/jama.1907.25220410022001f.
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I have selected the descriptive term "beneficent" not so much in contradistinction to a class of work that might be considered ill advised, rash or meddlesome nor as an insinuation that improper motives occasionally sway the actions of members of the profession, but because I have been impressed by the happy results of surgical intervention as a life-saving measure, while, on the other hand, I have witnessed the direst disaster following the failure to resort to it. The opinion prevalent among the laity that a surgeon delights in the opportunity "to cut and to slash," as they express it, is not justified by the facts.

The last ten years have wrought a considerable revolution in this respect, since the doctrine of conservatism has been extensively preached. One can judge how radical this change is by the tone of many of the prominent articles in the late periodicals and the transactions


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