The general surgeon is not infrequently called on, especially in his hospital work, to perform external urethrotomy for one condition or another, and it has seemed worth while to make an informal report of 50 cases that have come in my own practice within the last few years.
There is no operation so fascinating, nor at times so difficult to perform. A good knowledge of anatomy, patience, and careful, often slow, dissection is requisite. A single false step is frequently fatal to a clear operation. To complete an operation that has been started by another operator is most difficult, as the writer has found on several occasions. Naturally most of the operations are for deep stricture, but there are many other conditions, expected and unexpected, that require an opening into the urethra, and these conditions lend additional interest to an operation otherwise considered as a routine. The surgeon in the
MUNRO JC. EXTERNAL URETHROTOMY FROM THE STANDPOINT OF THE GENERAL SURGEON. JAMA. 1902;XXXIX(17):1024–1032. doi:10.1001/jama.1902.52480430006001b
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