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December 3, 1932


Author Affiliations

Director of the Department of Urology, New York Post-Graduate Medical School, Columbia University NEW YORK

JAMA. 1932;99(23):1926-1928. doi:10.1001/jama.1932.02740750028008

By this time it must be obvious to the medical world that surgical treatment of the enlarged prostate is undergoing a veritable renaissance, and it is to the credit of the urologic branch of our profession that this radical departure from the hitherto established and accepted methods of procedure has met an altogether unusual spirit of tolerance and tentative receptiveness.

Innovations, especially in surgery, are prone to experience one of two types of reception. Frequently, they encounter a spirit of hostile resistance, through which, if they are intrinsically meritorious, they must infiltrate until they are finally accorded adequate recognition. Occasionally, as in the present instance, the innovation is accepted and applied with such enthusiasm and promiscuity as to militate, temporarily at least, against its full usefulness. Every communication spoken or written by me on the subject of the endoscopic revision of prostatic obstruction has emphasized the highly technical nature of