second thoughts on Nkinis

James A. Landau JJJRLandau at AOL.COM
Mon Dec 27 17:36:39 UTC 2004

In a message dated > Sun, 26 Dec 2004 13:56:30 -0500,   Laurence Horn <
> laurence.horn at YALE.EDU> asks:
> wonder what the first cite is for "the
> operation/treatment was a success but the patient died".

I have heard not the exact phrase but a similar thought attributed to Abraham
Lincoln.  Allegedly he was visiting a Civil War hospital and heard a couple
of doctors discussing a procedure (an amputation?) they had just performed, and
Lincoln asked something like "but did the patient survive?"

I read the above anecdote years ago and cannot recall the source.

   - James A. Landau

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