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May 30, 1903


Author Affiliations

Professor of Principles of Surgery, Medical College of Ohio, Medical Department of university of Cincinnati. CINCINNATI.

JAMA. 1903;XL(22):1502-1504. doi:10.1001/jama.1903.92490220026001e

When one considers the achievements in any field of surgery there is always one spot brighter than the rest by reason of especially good results; results obtained through faultless interpretation of symptoms and clinched by brilliant operation. In the field of renal surgery this applies to the operation for stone in the kidney, that is, when a stone is found. Unfortunately the elating thrill the surgeon expects to experience when the finger touches the stone in the opened kidney is not always felt; in its place is chagrin, if not discomfiture, when the fullest search fails to reveal the object sought for. To whom has it not occurred? A year ago the writer saw one of the foremost specialists in kidney surgery fail to find a stone in two cases within ten days. Were Tiffany to reivrite a paper presented before the American Surgical Association in 1889, he might readily

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