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It is a mistake to make repeated and protracted efforts to penetrate an inflammatory stricture of minute caliber with filiforms and sounds, in a patient suffering with acute retention of the urine. He is generally in an anxious and desperate state, in consequence of hours of futile efforts on his part to void, and frequently because of the efforts of others to pass instruments.
To have at hand an instrument with which the penetration of a stricture becomes certain of accomplishment is a great comfort. This operating urethroscope consists of an ordinary endoscopic tube, slightly longer than those in ordinary use, into which the three essential working parts are inserted in one compact bundle. This bundle comprises the telescope, which is of the direct vision type, the light carrier, and thbe cannula or instrument channel. The bundle fits into the tube accurately by means of a water-tight sleeve, so as
Stern M. THE EASY PENETRATION OF URETHRAL STRICTURESOPERATING URETHROSCOPE OF THE GERRINGER TYPE. JAMA. 1919;73(18):1360. doi:10.1001/jama.1919.26120440002014b
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