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August 5, 1893

Prostatic Hypertrophy.

JAMA. 1893;XXI(6):211-212. doi:10.1001/jama.1893.02420580033011

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To the Editor:  —I have read the editorial on "Prostatic Hypertrophy" and desire to indicate my pleasure in reading it. Paper surgery of that sort does much good. It puts us to thinking. How many have gone down under prostatic hypertrophy and its sequelæ who might have been saved had the remedial powers of surgery with the knife been invoked. Time has been wasted in the study of catheter fever and quibbling as to the nature of the growth. Sir Andrew Clark would have conferred a blessing on male kind ten years ago if instead of his learned disquisition on "catheter fever and its causes," he had referred the patient to a surgeon.There is need, however, for more aggressive work on the prostate. It must be attacked earlier. A dissection of the perineal and external aspects of the prostate without opening the urethra does good if applied before the

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