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May 29, 1937

Kidney Pain: Its Causation and Treatment

JAMA. 1937;108(22):1915. doi:10.1001/jama.1937.02780220073034

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The object of this book is to bring before medical practitioners some views of the author on the causation of obscure kidney pain and its treatment. These ideas are the outcome of his own researches on the physiology of the kidney pelvis, both normal and pathologic. The approach has been from the experimental as well as the clinical side. The chief object has been to bring forward methods that may be used in attempting to elucidate the causation of obscure kidney pain when the ordinary methods of investigation have failed. These methods are pyeloscopy and pyelometry. Radiopaque fluid is injected through a ureteral catheter and the renal pelvis observed under the fluoroscope while the injection is being made; this method is called pyeloscopy. The term "pyelometry" is applied to the method of graphic recording of kidney contractions; variations in the volume of the renal pelvis indicate changes in the activity

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