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August 29, 1959

Surgery of the Prostate

JAMA. 1959;170(18):2262. doi:10.1001/jama.1959.03010180114031

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In the past 40 years surgery of the prostate has been marked by revolutionary advances. One has only to compare present-day monographs which depict modern methods accompanied by an insignificant mortality and morbidity with the early publications of Fuller, Guiteras, Belfield, and others in America or the works of Freyer or Thomson-Walker in England, at which time the operative mortality for prostatectomy averaged 25 to 30%, to realize how great these advances have been. The extensive monograph here reviewed is an admirable guide to all the accepted procedures associated with the treatment of bladder neck obstruction in men. This well-illustrated book presents surgical technique in great detail. Surgical anatomy and pathology are briefly reviewed, and the diagnosis of prostatic obstruction and the indications for its surgical correction are well covered. The historical summary is not all-inclusive, but for this type of text it is adequate. All the present-day surgical approaches

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