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September 10, 1927


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From the Urological Clinic of the Peter Bent Brigham Hospital

JAMA. 1927;89(11):841-844. doi:10.1001/jama.1927.02690110005002

The effect of stasis in the production of renal disease is well recognized, and the frequent incidence of it as a factor in preventing the kidney from doing its work normally is acknowledged. It is only too evident that conditions of an obstructive nature in the passages bearing urine away from a kidney, if they persist, will seriously injure the kidney. In those instances, however, in which the degree of stasis is relatively slight, such injury, though definite, may be of such slow progress that if the mechanical faults can be corrected the remaining renal parenchyma will continue to function in a satisfactory manner. This is true because of the large factor of safety in respect to renal tissue with which the human body is endowed. So it is not infrequent to find instances in which the surgical response to a condition of stasis—or, as it is more commonly called,

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