The extraordinary advance of medicine in the surgical specialties is nowhere better illustrated than in the field of prostatic surgery. The past ten years has seen unfolded revolutionary instrumental methods of correction of obstructing prostatism. Naturally this departure from formerly accepted principles has occasioned much discussion, some of which has been constructive. That it has, however, successfully withstood the acid test of time is indicated by the general acceptance on the part of the profession of the method as such after a ten year period of trial and error. Another constructive effect of the many communications on the subject, with their attendant discussions, has been to occasion a reevaluation of the formerly accepted methods of open surgical approach. This state of mind has been and will continue to be the occasion of further progress in technic as well as in other factors. I am well aware of the advanced position
McCARTHY JF. RECENT DEVELOPMENTS IN THE SURGICAL MANAGEMENT OF THE OBSTRUCTING PROSTATE: CLINICAL LECTURE AT NEW YORK SESSION. JAMA. 1940;115(21):1795–1799. doi:10.1001/jama.1940.72810470002010
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