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November 12, 1904

PROSTATECTOMY.IS IT WISE TO TRY TO MAKE ANT ONE OPERATIVE METHOD APPLY TO ALL CASES?

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NEW YORK CITY.

JAMA. 1904;XLIII(20):1450-1454. doi:10.1001/jama.1904.92500200001f
Abstract

The excellent results which follow the radical removal of obstructing prostatic hypertrophy have caused the profession as a body to change its position of skepticism, or I might say almost open hostility toward the radical operation, to one of lukewarm favor. Before the time of McGill's operative work a surgeon called in one of these cases had nothing to suggest aside from the catheter. After that time, however, it becoming more or less generally known that operative surgery at the hands of a few pioneers had effected cures in these cases, a surgeon in consultation no longer felt safe in confining his discussion entirely to the catheter. He had to bring up the subject of radical operation, if only to condemn it, so far as that particular case was concerned. Next in order came the various surgical makeshifts devised to get around the troublesome subject of radical operation. Beside being

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