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February 24, 1917


JAMA. 1917;LXVIII(8):616-620. doi:10.1001/jama.1917.04270020280011

For some years past, the importance of preoperative preparation of a patient to be subjected to prostatectomy has been well recognized. Few surgeons at present will operate until the functional capacity of the kidneys has been tested, and if found markedly deficient, attempt has been made to stimulate renal excretion to at least an approximation of the normal.

About a year ago, I became interested in the research work of Myers and Fine on the chemistry of the blood in diabetes and nephritis; and having the opportunity to have blood examinations of my patients carried out by these men, I believe that I have been able to avail myself of certain laboratory determinations which have been of material aid in preventing postoperative complications.

Many of the patients requiring prostatectomy are individuals who present a well defined degree of nephritis. A few have diabetes. The diabetes may vary from a simple

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