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Congress of Urology
The eleventh Congresso nazionale della societá italiana di urologia was held in Rome, in the Great Hall of the Clinica chirurgica of the university. Professor Bruni, the president, in opening the session recalled the figure of Antonio Scarpa, the eminent urologist and general surgeon, the centenary of whose death was celebrated this year by special ceremonies. In the matter of extraction of bladder stones during Scarpa's time, the perineal route and the rectovesical method struggled for supremacy. Scarpa perfected the perineal method and published an article in which the preperitoneal space, called now Retzius' space, was minutely described for the first time.
The first topic on the program was "The Remote Orthopedic and Functional Results of Conservative Renal and Ureteral Surgery." The official speakers were Prof. G. Nicolich of Trieste and Prof. V. Raffo of Genoa. Professor Nicolich endeavored to show what improvements in function
ITALY. JAMA. 1933;100(10):754–755. doi:10.1001/jama.1933.02740100048024