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June 26, 1915


Author Affiliations

Surgeon to St. Joseph's Hospital; Instructor in Genito-Surgery, College of Medicine, University of Illinois; Genito-Surgeon to People's and St. Bernard's Hospitals

JAMA. 1915;LXIV(26):2127-2129. doi:10.1001/jama.1915.02570520021006

By short circuit of the vas I mean joining together the patent lumen of the vas with a section of the epididymis or testicle. Just a word regarding the anatomy of these parts in order to make the following clear.

The testis is composed of an enormous number of much convoluted seminiferous tubules, which fill up the intervals between the septums. These tubules form larger tubules, and finally make up the vasa efferentia, and on reaching the head of the epididymis form a larger tube which is called the canal of the epididymis. After a tortuous course, this ends at the globus minor and opens into the vas deferens. This is at the extreme lower pole of the testicle. The vas deferens begins at the tail of the epididymis and ends in the common ejaculatory duct, where it enters the prostatic or first part of the urethra.

The operation under