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July 25, 1896


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JAMA. 1896;XXVII(4):182-187. doi:10.1001/jama.1896.02430820010003

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The male genital organs are the seat of as yet imperfectly understood conditions which predispose them to tubercular infection. The literature on tuberculosis of these organs is scanty as compared with tubercular affections of other organs, such as the lungs, pleuræ, peritoneum, lymphatic glands, bones, joints, meninges and skin. A careful search of what has been written on tuberculosis of the male genital organs will convince the searcher for truth and instruction that this subject has not received the attention its importance demands. The observations of many clinicians in this comparatively new field of surgical pathology present no uniform and many times diametrically opposite results. The deductions drawn in the postmortem room by professional pathologists likewise lack uniformity, and the different results obtained have often been taken as a basis to fortify the opinion of individual surgeons. This department of surgical tuberculosis is in its primitive stage and offers many

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