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June 16, 1956

The Diagnosis and Management of Urological Cases: A Handbook for Students, Residents and General Practitioners

JAMA. 1956;161(7):664-665. doi:10.1001/jama.1956.02970070096032

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This book presents the more common urologic procedures to the student and general practitioner of medicine. Brevity takes precedence over completeness. The book is divided into seven short chapters in which the illustrations are schematic drawings. The first chapter deals with the history, examination, common laboratory procedures, instruments, and the various urinary antiseptics. It follows the usual pattern of such chapters. The prostate is discussed in chapter 2. Immediate emergency prostatectomy without preliminary cystoscopy is advocated for patients with uninfected acute urinary retention with normal renal function. The retropubic route is favored. Preliminary indwelling or intermittent catheterization plus chemotherapy is suggested in the treatment of patients unfit for immediate prostatic surgery. Carcinoma of the prostate with obstruction can be treated satisfactorily in most cases by large doses of estrogens and temporary catheter drainage rather than operation. Many urologists would not concur with the authors in their management of bladder neck

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