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September 8, 1923


JAMA. 1923;81(10):793-794. doi:10.1001/jama.1923.02650100001001

While it is a short word, "scope" has a broad meaning, namely, (1) object, (2) opportunity for action, and (3) extent or sweep. What is the scope of urology today? Are we urologists living up to our possibilities?

Our object should be to acquire an accurate and extensive knowledge of the urinary tract, its physiology, pathology and resulting symptomatology, and to apply judgment and skill in the eradication of the lesions presented, with the lowest possible mortality and morbidity. The opportunity for action is large, being present throughout the patient's life, and the extent of the field, with its various ramifications, presents a close interlocking with general medicine and the other specialties. In other words, the urologist, with his special knowledge, must view the patient through the eyes of the general practitioner.

There are certain points regarding present-day specialization which are possibly more pertinent to urology than to any other

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