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February 8, 1902


JAMA. 1902;XXXVIII(6):391-392. doi:10.1001/jama.1902.62480060029001h

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The determination of the capacity of the bladder is often a very important point in the study and treatment of vesical disease. While the amount of urine that the bladder will retain without serious discomfort is by no means an infallible criterion of the extent of vesico-parietal pathologic alterations, it is nevertheless often of positive value from that standpoint. As indicative of the progress of certain cases under treatment it is often invaluable. As indicating the relative degree of impairment of elasticity of the bladder walls and the presence, degree and progress of pericystitis, the capacity of the bladder is one of the most important points for the consideration of the surgeon. The ordinary method of injecting the bladder hydrostatically —as with the fountain syringe or glass irrigating apparatus, with or without catheter or tube—is open to serious impeachment on the grounds of inaccuracy. The reasons for this inaccuracy I

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