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October 9, 1897

LIGATION OF THE DORSAL VEIN OF THE PENIS FOR FUNCTIONAL IMPOTENCE, WITH A REPORT OF FIVE CASES.

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CLEARFIELD, PA.

JAMA. 1897;XXIX(15):733-734. doi:10.1001/jama.1897.02440410021002h

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Abstract

In reporting these few cases to the Association I am not presumptuous enough to claim priority of discovery for the operation. Surgery has advanced so far that, apparently, there are few operations that some one has not done in the recent or remote past. So with this, it may have been done by many surgeons and abandoned. I have seen no literature on the subject, pro or con. If there should prove to be any virtue in the operation I desire to say that I got the idea from the Materia Medica of Dr. Bartholow, in which these words are used: "It has lately been asserted that deficient erections and loss of the capacity for coitus are not infrequently due to enlargement of the dorsal vein of the penis and consequent too rapid emptying of the veins of the erectile tissue. Acting upon this plausible suggestion, the author has practiced

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