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March 22, 1902


Author Affiliations

Professor of Surgery, Northwestern University, Chicago Post-Graduate School and Hospital, and Chicago Clinical School. CHICAGO.

JAMA. 1902;XXXVIII(12):743-749. doi:10.1001/jama.1902.62480120001001

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In the very recent literature the surgery of the prostate has been given a much deserved prominence. The patient and long suffering of those with prostatic trouble is unnecessary to mention as an incentive to active investigation in this particular field. We believe that the recent procedures have been sufficiently tried to justify their regular performance, and that they give us reasonable assurance of safety to the patient and permanency of relief. It appears to us that it is now a matter of improvement of technic in the operations and a dissemination among the general profession of the importance of the early performance of operative procedures that is most needed. Before citing cases the author takes the liberty of considering the anatomy and physiology of the prostate, as well as the etiology and pathology of prostatic hypertrophy.

ANATOMY.  The prostate is a glandular and muscular body situated in front of

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