Prostatic hypertrophy, directly or indirectly, is the cause of death in such a large proportion of elderly men that the question of its surgical management is one of the greatest importance. In the case of most individuals who so die at the present time no serious attempt is made to save life. The community at large is not as yet educated beyond the idea of the catheter, and the same, I am sorry to say, can almost be said of the medical profession. A few years ago a person could die of appendicitis in the absence of surgical treatment and no adverse comment would be provoked by the event. Now, however, such a happening is regarded by the sensible portion of the community much as is the death of a person under faith-cure treatment, and no physician who is careful of his reputation fails at least to raise the question
FULLER E. PROSTATECTOMY, THE METHOD OF CHOICE IN THE MANAGEMENT OF PROSTATIC OBSTRUCTION. JAMA. 1901;XXXVII(18):1151–1154. doi:10.1001/jama.1901.62470440001001
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