There has been a tremendous wave of excitement and enthusiasm about vesical neck resection, which has swept the whole country. It seems to me most appropriate to stop and take stock to see whether such an avalanche of cases is justified.
A great deal of attention has always been paid to obstructions at the vesical orifice. A knowledge of the presence of the prostate gland and its abnormalities was known to the ancients.
The history of early efforts to relieve prostatic obstruction by various instruments has been presented so often of late that a repetition here is unnecessary. Suffice it to say that the instruments were so inadequate and operations on the prostate improved in quality so materially that open surgical operations on the prostate were the procedures of choice. The development of safety factors and the resultant low mortality in this procedure cannot be carelessly laid aside on the
LOWSLEY OS. THE PROSTATIC PROBLEM: A REVIEW BASED ON DEVELOPMENTS OF THE PAST THREE YEARS. JAMA. 1933;101(23):1769–1773. doi:10.1001/jama.1933.02740480001001
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