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April 2, 1904


JAMA. 1904;XLII(14):893-894. doi:10.1001/jama.1904.02490590027005

A continued interest in this subject is shown by the number of clinical studies of large series of cases which are reported each year. Movable kidney is undoubtedly very common, and the symptoms which co-exist with such movability, or are caused by it, are sources of discomfort and disability to many women. That the condition is not an easy one to treat successfully is shown by the differences of opinion as to the best method of treatment. Since nephropexy was introduced by Hahn in 1881, various opinions have been expressed with regard to the advisability of operation. At first, as is often the case after the introduction of a new operation, many surgeons were enthusiastic in stitching up every movable kidney they could find. This operation furore led to more careful examination of cases, and showed how prevalent the condition is, some observers estimating that sixty or eighty per cent,