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March 19, 1927


JAMA. 1927;88(12):901-903. doi:10.1001/jama.1927.02680380025010

To Dr. Belfield of Chicago must be given credit for the ingenious method that he devised for treating infections in the seminal vesicles by means of vasostomy, a procedure very much more simple than the radical open operations that had been in vogue. His method of treatment does not carry with it any mortality, and it can be performed under local anesthesia; indeed, by some it has been carried out as an office procedure.

Dr. Belfield's method was decidedly opportune, since its advocacy occurred about the same time that Dr. Frank Billings of Chicago did his monumental work on focal infections, a work that resulted in the entire medical profession focusing attention on the eradication of any or all foci of infection. The facts that Dr. Belfield's procedure can be carried out easily because of its simplicity and that large numbers of patients are victims of chronic infections in the

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