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April 8, 1905


Author Affiliations

Surgeon in Chief to the Tabitha Hospital. CHICAGO.

JAMA. 1905;XLIV(14):1114-1115. doi:10.1001/jama.1905.92500410036003

Introduction.  —The question of decapsulation of the kidneys as a remedy for nephritis is still an open one. Its originators and early advocates, Ferguson and Edebohls, are still practicing it and advocating it as enthusiastically as at first, but many surgeons either have refused to try it or have discarded it after trial. Many have studied the subject experimentally on dogs, but no additional information seems to have been derived from these experiments. Several oculists condemn the operation in cases where the vision already is affected. In many cases, however, decapsulation has been of immediate and striking benefit to the patient; and the medical profession must decide whether this benefit is permanent or only temporary, and, if temporary, whether or not it is of sufficient value to justify the operation. The remedies at our command in cases of nephritis are few in number and of more or less

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