Medicine: Outpatient Operations

The young Sacramento, Calif., housewife was understandably upset when her doctor told her that she would have to go into the hospital for a minor pelvic operation. She was afraid of surgery, nervous about the two children she would have to leave at home and concerned about the cost of her hospitalization. Instead of having her admitted the evening before surgery, as is customary, her physician asked her to report to Mercy General Hospital on the day of the operation. Once there, she was examined, given a sedative and wheeled into surgery. An...

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