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December 21, 1907


Author Affiliations

Associate in Gynecology, The Johns Hopkins University. BALTIMORE.

JAMA. 1907;XLIX(25):2066-2069. doi:10.1001/jama.1907.25320250018001c

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In the treatment of cystitis in women there are three well-marked stages in the experience of the physician. The first stage includes a brief period, usually associated with the treatment of cases of postoperative or postpuerperal cystitis, in which he confidently thinks any case of cystitis is easily cured. The second stage soon develops, in which the would-be benefactor sorely doubts the possibility of successfully treating even a majority of patients afflicted with bladder inflammation. With patience, however, and persistence, two essential virtues on the part of both patient and physician, the latter finally arrives at the third stage of his experience, in which he is not willing to admit that any case of cystitis of non-malignant character is incurable.

It is not my purpose to discuss the best methods of treatment for the different forms of cystitis. With a disease of such varied etiology and protean manifestation the successful

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