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July 1933

Enuresis or Bed Wetting.

Am J Dis Child. 1933;46(1):232. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1933.01960010242028

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Batty presents an interesting and general discussion of enuresis. The subject matter is divided into four parts: history, anatomy, causes and methods of treatment. Lack of control of the bladder has been a source of worry to mothers throughout the ages, and the subject was celebrated by Hippocrates, Galen, Shakespeare, Rembrandt and every generation of medical writers to the present time.

Physiologically, the author stresses the trigonal muscle on the floor of the urethra which has a separate innervation and is under voluntary control.

Among the causes of enuresis the author stresses heredity, environment, single physical defects, especially of the tonsils and adenoids, thread worms and mental dulness.

There is a summary of the countless drugs and remedies which have been used in treatment. Batty stresses the value of anthelmintics, treatment of physical disorders and training. "Treatment by suggestion should be tried in all cases where simple treatment has not

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