By the division of labor and the increasesd attention which each branch of our art thereby receives, mistakes both in diagnosis and treatment are growing fewer year by year. As far as diseases of women are concerned, the writer believes that 95 per cent. of those who submit to treatment are entirely cured; and even this small percentage of failures would be still further reduced if we could eliminate all errors of diagnosis. Floating kidney is one of those diseases which gives rise to so many symptoms which we have been accustomed to attribute solely to the genital organs, that it is no wonder that its presence has often not been recognized, and the patients suffering from it after having undergone one or more gynecologic operations have continued to suffer and complain as much as ever of those reflex disturbances which we thought depended entirely on a laceration or displacement of
SMITH AL. FLOATING KIDNEY SIMULATING DISEASES OF THE GENITAL ORGANS IN WOMEN.. JAMA. 1899;XXXIII(19):1149–1152. doi:10.1001/jama.1899.92450710031001k
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