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July 29, 1893

THE RELATIVE MERITS OF THE PRESENT METHODS OF TREATING PYELONEPHRITIS.Read before the Section on Surgery and Anatomy at the Forty-fourth Annual Meeting of the American Medical Association.

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THE PRESTON KETEEAT, PHILADELPHIA, PA.

JAMA. 1893;XXI(5):159-160. doi:10.1001/jama.1893.02420570019001e

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Abstract

The old application of "surgical kidney" to the affection I have taken as the theme of this paper is certainly one which in the light of its former fatality could not have been better chosen by the critics of surgical efficiency to proclaim their jest satirical upon a disease whose only termination was death.

It was a veritable lucus a non lucendo. Surgical kidney, as the title took its origin, came to be so designated from its frequent genesis from dirty sounds and careless irrigation of the bladder, and from this standpoint was certainly an opprobrium of surgery in another sense. Coming from strictly pathological causes within the economy, it could not always be attributed to faults of the surgeon, and it is the treatment of these lesions to which the surgery of the present day only should perforce be directed. No modern surgeon, deserving the name, should ever endanger

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