It is one of the strangest phenomena in medicine that in the face of the most abundant proofs of reliability of renal skiagraphy, some of the best text-books still hesitate to recommend the method. Some others even openly warn the practitioner against it. This they do because authors have observed or heard of grave errors committed in its employment. Thus it is said, for instance, that skiagraphs taken by the "best experts" have shown renal calculi, while nephrotomy disclosed the absence of any concretion; and, on the other hand, that cases were reported, in which calculi were found at the operation after skiagraphy had failed to show evidence of their presence. None of these reports is well founded.
Whenever errors have been committed they were of the individual and not of the method, and this should not be held responsible. I have often admired the power of imagination of some
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