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November 30, 1907


Author Affiliations

Consulting Genitourinary Surgeon to the Bellevue and Charity (City) Hospitals. NEW YORK CITY.

JAMA. 1907;XLIX(22):1830-1831. doi:10.1001/jama.1907.25320220016001c

Within the past five or six years considerable attention has been directed to the study of the finer structural details, in other words, the cytology of the elements of the discharge of urethritis. This line of study, as well as the methods employed, is practically an application of the recent advances in the morphology of the blood. It is somewhat difficult to see what particular purpose this work subserves, for it has not helped us in understanding the nature of the process nor has it given any aid from a prognostic standpoint. And after reviewing the subject and supplementing it with some personal observations I have come to the conclusion that any clinical aid or therapeutic guidance from this whole line of work, although sustained by a large volume of literature, is of very doubtful value. It is not susceptible of practical application.

I shall endeavor to lay the subject

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