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March 23, 1889


JAMA. 1889;XII(12):409-414. doi:10.1001/jama.1889.02400890013002

Radical Cure of Hydrocele of the Tunica Vaginalis.  Brigade-Surgeon Sibthorpe reports from the General Hospital, Madras:Twenty-six operations for paracentesis of hydrocele are recorded under the head of minor operations in the senior surgeon's wards last year; in 14 of these a radical cure was attempted, undiluted tincture of iodine being injected in 10 cases, and pure carbolic acid in 4. As far as these small numbers go they show that there is not much to choose between the two methods; both appear equally efficacious in certain cases, and both are generally followed by some local and constitutional disturbance. The carbolic acid, however, appears to be followed by less pain than the iodine, though, with it, pain is by no means absent, as some surgeons would have us to believe.Of the 14 cases, 9 can be claimed as cures; Case 2, with little local trouble, after six days;

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