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August 11, 1888

TREATMENT OF STRICTURES OF THE MALE URETHRA BY ELECTROLYSIS.

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OF PITTSBURG, PA. PROFESSOR OF GENITO-URINARY AND VENEREAL DISEASES, WESTERN PENNSYLVANIA MEDICAL COLLEGE.

JAMA. 1888;XI(6):194-195. doi:10.1001/jama.1888.02400580014002c

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Abstract

Some two years ago I became enthusiastic with regard to the treatment of strictures of the male urethra by electrolysis, and this enthusiasm was engendered by the glowing reports of cures from such treatment in some of our medical journals, and by various contributors, but notable among these were Newman, of New York, and Belfield, of Chicago.

I am now satisfied that it was the enthusiasm of the moment that led me astray, for if I had analyzed the cases reported with that candor that a medical man should always exercise I would have evinced some skepticism before beginning my work. As it was I went at the task with the enthusiasm of a devoted lover. The outcome of my devotion I lay before you to-day.

To perform the work I invested in the most approved appliances, for I believed from what I had read that dilatation, divulsion, internal and

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