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[It is the aim of this department to aid the general practitioner by giving practical prescriptions and, in brief, methods of treatment for the diseases seen especially in every-day practice. Proper inquiries concerning general formulae and outlines of treatment are answered in these columns.]
The causes of acute prostatitis, according to the Cyclopedia of Med. and Surgery, are exposure to cold and wet, traumatism to perineum, injury from instruments, calculus, foreign bodies and, most frequent of all etiologic factors, specific urethritis.
The symptoms most frequently complained of are a sensation of heat and weight to the perineum and in the rectum, frequent micturition associated with temperature of from 100 to 103 F.
The treatment consists in absolute rest, and that position which favors emptying the part of blood as much as possible, which consists of rest in bed with the hips elevated. The local application of leeches to
Therapeutics. JAMA. 1905;XLIV(16):1311–1313. doi:10.1001/jama.1905.02500430075028
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