After fifty years of age one man in every nine is the subject of pronounced prostatic hypertrophy. About 20 per cent. of these show symptoms more or less marked.
Hypertrophy of the prostate, producing obstruction to urination, is the cause of the greatest suffering which men are called on to bear. In a typical case where cystitis is established the agonies endured by the patient are often beyond description. It is a fact to be recognized that prostatic obstruction of the severer type is surely, though often slowly, a fatal disease. Fortunately, the attention which surgeons have given to this subject in the last few years has resulted in the evolution of its treatment, so that to-day we can offer to these sufferers a safe and sure plan of treatment which results not only in the relief of the painful condition, but in its actual cure and in
SYMS P. PROSTATIC OBSTRUCTION TO URINATION.WHEN TO OPERATE AND HOW TO OPERATE.. JAMA. 1904;XLIII(19):1378-1383. doi:10.1001/jama.1904.92500190001f