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June 8, 1912


Author Affiliations

Schenectady, N. Y.

JAMA. 1912;LVIII(23):1757. doi:10.1001/jama.1912.04260060106012

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Feeling that anything which will render the collection of urine from infants more simple might encourage more frequent analyses by the general practitioner, I am led to describe a method for use in girl babies which has been exceedingly simple and satisfactory to me. The scheme was first brought to my notice by the father of a patient, a baby about 1 year old, whose urine on analysis showed much pus.

After endeavoring to obtain a specimen by the usual simple methods, without success, the father tried the following: A firm cloth was drawn and tied tightly like a drum-head over the rim of an ordinary white earthenware wash-bowl. The baby, lying on this fairly comfortable affair, with diaper removed and clothing properly arranged, urinated on the cloth diaphragm, the urine dropping into the clean basin below. This arrangements had the disadvantage of filtering the urine and was, ofr this reason,

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