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October 25, 1924


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Evansville, Ind.

JAMA. 1924;83(17):1331. doi:10.1001/jama.1924.26610170001016

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There is no question regarding the propriety of gradual decompression in overdistended bladders, especially in those in which the distention is due to prostatic obstruction and is probably of long duration.

There have been some very serviceable devices made for this purpose, but all are more or less complicated and expensive. I therefore present this little apparatus, which, I think, combines serviceability, ease of construction, and low cost. In fact, it can be constructed with the materials found on an ordinary rectal drip.

An indwelling catheter is inserted and secured, and is connected with a tube about 4 or 5 feet long, so that the patient may have ample ease of movement. The end of this tube is raised and lowered until the height of the urine pressure is ascertained. This tube is then connected with a bent tube of either glass or hard rubber, which is hung over the

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