The removal of urethral stricture by a galvanic current is a method of treatment whose merits and advantages have been generally ignored by specialists as well as by general practitioners. In very few of the standard text books is this method even mentioned, and in none that I have seen is it intelligently discussed. A few physicians have, at various periods in the past thirty years, briefly tried and then abandoned the current; and the report of their failures had deterred others from further investigation.
Unfavorable and even disastrous results have undoubtedly been produced by electrolysis; but they have generally been caused by the use of an improper current. To dissolve the cicatricial tissues constituting a stricture only the chemical, dialytic effect of the current is required or desired. Now the galvanic current liberates heat as well as chemical force; it will not only decompose a chemical compound, but will
BELFIELD WT. NINE CASES OF IMPERMEABLE URETHRAL STRICTURE TREATED BY ELECTROLYSIS.. JAMA. 1886;VI(17):455–456. doi:10.1001/jama.1886.04250040091003
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