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April 9, 1887

OPERATIONS FOR PHIMOSIS AS A MEANS OF CURE OR RELIEF OF SOME NERVOUS AND OTHER SYMPTOMS.Read before the Washington Obstetrical and Gynecological Society, June 15, 1883.

JAMA. 1887;VIII(15):393-397. doi:10.1001/jama.1887.02391400001001

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Recent continued success in the relief of nervous and other troubles by the operation of circumcision and breaking down of the adhesions sometimes found existing between the prepuce and the glans penis, has induced me to submit the report of some cases, with a few remarks thereon. Since the date of the publication of Dr. Sayre's operations in 1870—upon reflex nervous disturbances—much has been written both pro and con. The mass of testimony derived from actual experience has been steadily accumulating to prove the value and truth of his announcement. But notwithstanding this, there are some persons who still seem either to ignore or, at least, to overlook the value of the statements that have been published.

I shall not attempt to enter deeply into the pathology of the troubles attending congenital phimosis, with or without elongation and adhesion of the prepuce, but will be content with a bare narration

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