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September 19, 1903

The Proper Perineal Prostatectomy Incision.

Author Affiliations

Professor of Surgery, Andersonian College, Glasgow.

JAMA. 1903;XLI(12):734. doi:10.1001/jama.1903.02490310038012

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Glasgow, Aug. 29, 1903.

To the Editor:  —The incision in question is undoubtedly the inverted Y, as advocated by Professor Senn in The Journal, August 15, and there can be little doubt that its more general acceptance will be hastened by the support its practice has just secured at the hands of an authority so widely accepted as Professor Senn's.The inverted Y incision I have practiced and taught for years as the proper incision for perineal prostatectomy. Among the earliest of my references to it may be noted a description of it in a paper on prostatectomy in the Lancet, April 14, 1894, and in a discussion in the New York Academy of Medicine (reported in the Medical News, 1898) it was subjected to just such unfavorable criticism as Professor Senn now seeks to disarm, and which, though coming from other quarters as well, has never affected my belief

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