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November 26, 1932


JAMA. 1932;99(22):1832-1836. doi:10.1001/jama.1932.02740740016005

A true perspective of the present status of the treatment for the relief of prostatic obstruction cannot be formulated without a brief review of some of the outstanding points in urologic history which have marked the advance in this important field, especially during the past forty years.

When one considers the fact that probably one of every five men will sooner or later have some prostatic change of sufficient degree to cause symptoms, the distressing character of these symptoms, the varying pathology of prostatic obstruction and the insidious and far-reaching changes which are secondarily produced in other systems of the body, it is not surprising, with a choice of different methods of relief (each embodying definite advantages), that animated discussions as to the best mode of procedure have been prevalent throughout these forty years and, with our present-day wealth of armamentarium in the line of diagnostic and operative instruments, that