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May 14, 1904


Author Affiliations

Adjunct Attending Surgeon, Mount Sinai Hospital. NEW YORK CITY.

JAMA. 1904;XLII(20):1278-1283. doi:10.1001/jama.1904.92490650012002c

That the removal of the prostate gland is the ideal surgical procedure in the treatment of prostatic hypertrophy is now very generally recognized. The chief contraindication to the performance of a prostatectomy up to the present time, according to the consensus of opinion, has been the danger resulting from the administration of ether or chloroform. Many surgeons have hesitated to offer some of their old prostatic cases the benefits of the operation on account of the presence of cardiac, nephritic or other lesions. It is in the hope of widening the field of usefulness of prostatectomy, and of extending the splendid benefits of the operation to patients who have heretofore had the advantage only of palliative operations, that this paper has been prepared. The cases which form the basis of the paper are, so far as I have been able to ascertain, the first cases of

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