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January 2, 1915


Author Affiliations


From the Departments of Genito-Urinary Surgery of the College of Physicians and Surgeons and the Johns Hopkins Hospital.

JAMA. 1915;LXIV(1):45-47. doi:10.1001/jama.1915.02570270047011

Since the advent of urethroscopy, diseases of the verumontanum have been of interest to the genitourinary specialist, and a large and varied number of sexual, urinary and reflex disturbances have been described as caused by pathologic conditions in this organ. As far back as 1879, we find Grünfeldt, in the first book which appeared on urethroscopy, devoting a large chapter to diseases of the verumontanum, and discussing methods of therapy. In 1882 we find Burckhardt recommending the employment of silver nitrate and the thermocautery in combating affections of this organ. Following the appearance of these articles, we find in the literature quite a few dissertations dealing with this subject, but nothing o f material advance has been made, unless it be the suggestion of some of our American authors, that perineal section and curettage of the verumontanum be employed in those cases that do not respond to the application of

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