September 9, 1911

Practical Cystoscopy AND the Diagnosis OF Surgical Diseases OF the Kidneys AND Urinary Bladder.

JAMA. 1911;LVII(11):921. doi:10.1001/jama.1911.04260090143036

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This is an elaborate and admirably illustrated treatise, in which "the writer has endeavored to state fairly the indications for cystoscopy, and to outline its technic in the minutest detail, describing the instruments used and how to use them." This, the major content of the book, is commendable in conception and execution; it is obviously based on ample personal experience. There is apparent a tendency toward ill-considered statement, such as the possible differentiation by the cystoscope of a dozen varieties of cystitis; the virtual denial of all chance of extending infection by the ureter catheter if skilfully used; and the extravagant eulogy of a certain cystoscope.

Cystoscopy through a suprapubic puncture, occasionally a valuable procedure, seems worthy of mention in every complete treatise on methods for inspecting the bladder. The jumble of Latin and English in a prescription (p. 92), while a merely academic offense, illustrates the lack of care

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