Hypertrophy of the prostate gland is a disease from which most old men suffer. The gradual advance of the malady and its unavoidable complications, such as spasms of the bladder, retention by mechanical obstruction, cystitis, dilatation of the ureters, pyonephrosis and uræmia, make life a burden. A large majority of these sufferers succumb prematurely.
No rational treatment has thus far been adopted for the cure of this disease. Volumes have been written on the subject. Various methods have been suggested for the amelioration of the trouble and allaying of actual pain. A few cases have been reported as cured, either by injections, destruction, incision, enucleation, prostatotomy, etc., but no successful method of cure has been determined. Radical cures by surgery have been very few, most patients having died shortly after the operation. The great importance of establishing a method for the radical cure of the enlarged prostate no one can
NEWMAN R. GALVANO-CAUTERY IN DISEASES OF THE PROSTATE, BLADDER AND URETHRA.. JAMA. 1886;VII(9):228–232. doi:10.1001/jama.1886.04250080088002
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