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October 25, 1924


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From the Section on Pediatrics Mayo Clinic.

JAMA. 1924;83(17):1300-1304. doi:10.1001/jama.1924.02660170016007

The salient features of enuresis in childhood are said to be that it constitutes a functional disturbance, which, in most cases, ceases of its own accord during the time of the development from the bisexual state to complete sexual maturity. In a number of instances, perhaps not quite so infrequently as is generally believed, it may persist longer. During childhood, the position of the bladder changes. The vascular and nervous supply of the urinary and genital system make their relationship one of more than mere position, and so it would not be strange if the development and function of one exercised some influence on the other. Guyon, 1 at any rate, emphasized the venous engorgement of the sexual organs on distention of the bladder. Read, 2 as well as McNeal, 3 has shown a relationship between the sexual glands of the male and the creatin excretion. I have found such

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