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My excuse for trespassing on the space of The Journal, is to correct any false impression that may have been created through the erroneous conclusions drawn by Dr. J. B. Thomas, of Pittsburgh (in The Journal of August 11), from an obvious misinterpretation of my report of the second hundred cases of urethral strictures treated by electrolysis.
Dr. Thomas unqualifiedly condemns treatment of urethral strictures by electrolysis, and urges upon us his limited experience and failure in a very meagre report of one case.
Is it sound logic to condemn an operation and method because a novice has made a failure in one or a few cases, when surgeons of undoubted standing from all parts of the world have reported hundreds of successful cases, endorsing, recognizing and establishing the method and operation as a success?
Dr. Thomas' statement is, that his patient, S. K. M., presented himself with cystitis and
NEWMAN R. THE FAILURE OF DR. J. B. THOMAS' TREATMENT OF URETHRAL STRICTURE BY ELECTROLYSIS.. JAMA. 1888;XI(10):335–339. doi:10.1001/jama.1888.02400620011001b