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May 8, 1897


JAMA. 1897;XXVIII(19):875-878. doi:10.1001/jama.1897.02440190013002c

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There is no more prevalent, distressing or intractable malady in the whole range of gynecic affections than cystitis. It is a subject that rarely comes up for discussion in medical societies. It seems that our appreciation of the difficulties and limitations in its treatment, combine to render our interest in the disease lukewarm. Your essayist feels like apologizing for its introduction before this presence, especially as he has nothing new to offer; yet the extreme distress attending it so far exceeds the majority of conditions that enlist our interested therapeutic and surgical endeavors, that a review of some of the obstacles to its cure and an invoice of our resources should be of the utmost moment.

A perusal of the classical literature on the subject is a most ponderous undertaking, and the detailed description of trivially remote and ridiculous idiopathic causes begetting a host of vaunted remedies is disquieting and

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