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September 11, 1948

Retropublic Urinary Surgery

JAMA. 1948;138(2):165-166. doi:10.1001/jama.1948.02900020061043

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The author, a urologic surgeon of considerable experience, presents an inclusive monograph on the retropubic approach to various surgical diseases of the prostate gland. In particular, he details his experience with retropubic prostatectomy for benign prostatic hypertrophy. He brings to attention another surgical approach to the prostate, which since it was first described by van Stockum in 1909 has attained little recognition. In order to stress advantages of the retropubic operation the author tends to emphasize the shortcomings of all other approaches to the prostate. His enthusiasm for the operation which he describes is such that for the year September 1945 to September 1946 he employed the retropubic operation in 87 per cent of all cases of prostatic obstruction treated surgically. While it is true that there is probably no one else with experience in this type of surgery comparable to that of the author, even the majority of urologists

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