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April 16, 1904


JAMA. 1904;XLII(16):991-996. doi:10.1001/jama.1904.02490610001001

SURGICAL TREATMENT OF NEPHRITIS.  (BRIGHT'S DISEASE.)*ALEXANDER HUGH FERGUSON, M.D.Professor of Clinical Surgery (P. and S.) Medical Department of Illinois University; Professor of Surgery, Chicago Post-Graduate; Surgeon-in-Chief, Chicago Hospital, etc.CHICAGO.As early as 1889 I explored the right kidney of a young man, 24 years of age, who presented symptoms of stone. There were pain and tenderness in the region of the kidney, and attacks of renal colic with hematuria at irregular intervals. No calculus was discovered by the exploration, but he was relieved of his colics and hemorrhages for some time. Four years later he died of Bright's disease.For the next seven years my experience with the fixation of floating kidneys impressed me with two facts: First, that a symptomatic cure was obtained when the organ was suspended by its rolled-off capsule, the nephralgia passing away and the urine becoming normal in quantity and quality; and