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November 19, 1887

CONGENITAL PHIMOSIS.Read in the Section on Diseases of Children, at the Thirty-Eighth Annual Meeting of the American Medical Association, June, 1887.

JAMA. 1887;IX(21):644-645. doi:10.1001/jama.1887.02400200004001a

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The condition known as congenital phimosis, a contraction of the prepuce over the glans penis attended by inability of retraction, has of late called the attention of the profession to the fact of its very frequent occurrence, and being a source of discomfort and suffering and evil to the young victim.

The distress resulting from such condition continues until the force of erection of the organ involved overcomes the unnatural resistance.

The evidence of this is exhibited in the fact that most male children during their infancy are more irritable in disposition, nervous in temperament, and difficult of management than females during the same period.

In general, when there is a disturbance of any part of the body the child's hand is instinctively applied to that part; so great is the distress in this condition that he early begins to manipulate his penis, applying his hand to the organ in

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