The conception of the operation of intraperitoneal cystotomy and the successful performance of the operation by Dr. F. B. Harrington of Boston in the year 1893 opened the way for the ideal surgical procedure for the removal of intravesical tumors of the bladder.
Harrington's detailed descriptive technic of the operation,1 and full explanation of the feasibility of his method gave to the profession an operation in bladder surgery of great advantage over other methods now in vogue.
It is now eighteen years since Harrington first performed this operation, and only a very few surgeons have recognized its safety and ease of performance. The high rate of mortality in the surgery of the bladder for the removal of tumors, either by the suprapubic or perineal route, whether the growth be malignant or benign, does not give very encouraging results.
Watson,2 of Boston, in his tabulated report of 653 cases,
DUKEMAN WH. INTRAPERITONEAL CYSTOTOMY FOR TUMOR OF THE BLADDER. JAMA. 1911;LVII(16):1264–1265. doi:10.1001/jama.1911.04260100090006
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