There is probably no operation in surgical practice which has done more to relieve suffering humanity than prostatectomy. The success attained in relieving those suffering from urinary obstruction has caused a large number of men past middle life to sacrifice their prostate gland as a ransom for freedom of urination. In spite of the improvement in surgical technic, the marvelous improvement in the preoperative preparation of patients, the special attention given to decompression by drainage and the improvement in the various laboratory methods for determining the proper time for operation, this operation, with its potentially high mortality and morbidity rate, has not fulfilled the ideal. The success of prostatectomy is so generally accepted by the medical profession that relief by removing by a minor operation only that portion of the gland that is causing obstruction, until recently, has received indifferent attention, except by a few surgeons.
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