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Among the many ills which were marked noli me tangere until recent years, and which modern surgery has done much to relieve, prostatic hypertrophy occupies a very prominent position. There is no disease perhaps, in which routine let-alone policy has done so much to retard surgical progress as in the one under consideration. Thousands of old men have had their declining years made miserable by prostatic disease for which neither medicine nor surgery offered substantial relief. Indeed, the most miserable period of the old man's life has usually begun with his first experience with his surgeon; i. e., his initiation into catheter life. Thousands of old men are to-day suffering unspeakable tortures because of the so-called conservatism and total reliance upon the catheter practiced by their physicians.
With an increasing confidence in modern surgical methods, pioneers in the surgery of the prostate have sprung up within something over a decade,
THE PRESENT STATUS OF THE SURGERY OF THE PROSTATE. JAMA. 1893;XXI(4):133–134. doi:10.1001/jama.1893.02420560029005
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