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November 20, 1915

DESTROYING LIMITED OBSTRUCTIVE GLANDULAR GROWTHS IN THE POSTERIOR URETHRA BY THE HIGH FREQUENCY CURRENT

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LOS ANGELES

JAMA. 1915;LXV(21):1797-1800. doi:10.1001/jama.1915.02580210031011
Abstract

We are agreed, I take it, that for the most part cautery work in the posterior urethra, or at the bladder neck, by the various methods now in common use through an electrically lighted instrument, is tedious and capable of destroying but a small amount of tissue at a sitting. The ordinary electric cautery point, while marvelously efficacious in relieving the early irritability and early irritation of incipient prostatism and also of ridding the patient of quite small projections and growths—even this requires many treatments at not too short intervals. If the obstructing part or growth is considerable, it is often impossible to treat it effectively in this manner. An ordinary urethral electric cautery point small enough to be accurately placed in plain view of the operator through an average sized urethra is so small, develops so little heat comparatively and in contact with living tissue is so quickly cooled

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