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March 17, 1951

Essentials of Urology

JAMA. 1951;145(11):855. doi:10.1001/jama.1951.02920290081036

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This book has one fault in common with other books on urology published in recent years—it includes many accessory fields involved in the practice of urology; as a result the "essentials" become diluted. The clinical material is divided into 48 chapters, many of which are brief and superficial. The chapter devoted to cysts of the kidney is exceedingly meager. The author still retains the term solitary cyst, and his discussion of its urographic diagnosis is inadequate. In the discussion of technical procedures, most of the instruments employed are of British manufacture and differ somewhat from American counterparts. The author reveals unfamiliarity with American urologic literature of recent years and particularly in the field of surgical technic. In discussing the surgical treatment of hydronephrosis he refers only to von Lichtenberg's plastic operation. There is comparatively little consideration given to cystectomy and bilateral ureteral transplantation as developed by American urologists. The discussion

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