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April 13, 1907

A NEW PRINCIPLE IN IRRIGATION OF THE URETHRA WITH INSTRUMENT.

Author Affiliations

PEORIA, ILL.

JAMA. 1907;XLVIII(15):1271. doi:10.1001/jama.1907.25220410047002i

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Abstract

I have been using a new principle in the treatment of gonorrhea, and the results seem to me to be good. The difference between my method of treating gonorrhea and that of those who use irrigations is not medicinal but mechanical. Instead of using only the force of pressure from gravity for irrigation of the urethra, I have added a bulb to the irrigation tube, and by intermittent pressing obtain an intermittent or rather a rhythmic pressure. The value of this kind of pressure over simple pressure was brought to my mind by seeing the blood vessels pulsate in the thigh of one of my patients while I was irrigating and remembering that the blood will not continue to circulate if the pressure is steady. It is only when the pressure is rhythmic that the blood will pass through the capillaries. Now. if we use Nature's method we must use

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