It is very gratifying to note the advances that have been made by the medical profession in the operative treatment of prostatic enlargement in very recent times. Even so modern a man as Sir Henry Thompson said that he did not believe it was possible to operate on a case of enlarged prostate and have a result that would permit him to discontinue his catheter and still be able to empty his bladder and retain his urine; now we know that these results are of daily occurrence.The indications for prostatectomy are: 1, prostatic enlargement to a pathologic degree, i. e., sufficient to prevent urination or cause large residual retention; 2. painful and frequent urination; 3, cure for catheter life; 4, cure for secondary cystitis; 5, for the relief of pressure on the rectum; 6, it should be the operation of election where the patient is in condition to
MURPHY JB. THE PROSTATE.. JAMA. 1902;XXXVIII(13):816–824. doi:10.1001/jama.1902.62480130014001e
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