To even comment on the wisdom and nicety with which are protected the canals and organs on the integrity of which life itself depends, is almost trite, and nothing more justly elicits such admiration than the anatomic structure and situation of the urinary organs and tract, from the kidney to and including the urethra.
Another trite saying, "it never rains but pours," so frequently illustrated in the physician's experience in the successive occurrence of similar cases, was exemplified in my practice recently by twooo cases of traumatic rupture of the male urethra, within two weeks of each other, whereas I shall probably not see another case for years to come since happily, this canal is seldom the site of violent traumatisms, and their seriousness may well be said to be in direct proportion to their rarity.
Though I run the risk here of "carrying coals to Newcastle," still it may
HITCHCOCK CW. TRAUMATISMS OF THE MALE URETHRA— WITH REPORTS OF TWO CASES.. JAMA. 1899;XXXIII(22):1342-1343. doi:10.1001/jama.1899.92450740030001j