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November 15, 1902


JAMA. 1902;XXXIX(20):1257. doi:10.1001/jama.1902.02480460035003

During the past year there has been a great deal of interest in this subject, particularly since the appearance of Edebohls' paper,1 in which he claimed eight complete recoveries from various forms of chronic Bright's disease at least one year after decortication of the kidney. After report of such brilliant results several operators undertook the procedure, but with less satisfactory results than Edebohls reported. It seems certain, however, that operative measures relieve or cure certain cases of nephritis, and it is a highly important question to determine just what classes of cases are suited for intervention.

From a careful study of a series of 17 cases which he has operated on for various forms of chronic nephritis, Rovsing,2 professor of surgery in the University of Copenhagen, attempts to formulate some rules as to the proper treatment in such cases. He divides the cases into aseptic and infectious nephritis.