—Davis27 presented a tabulation of late results after perineal prostatectomy, based on an analysis of replies to questionnaires sent to 100 consecutive patients. Davis27 was able to maintain a mortality rate of 2.7 per cent in a series totaling 831 consecutive cases of perineal prostatectomy at the time he reported. All the operations were done with the patients under sacral block anesthesia. However, of as great importance as the mortality rate is the matter of late functional results. Most of the men who undergo perineal prostatectomy are in the twilight of life and are interested primarily in comfort. Davis27 thought it futile to save "a life not worth living (from the point of view of the patient himself) by reason of continued suffering."In 100 consecutive cases the average age of the patient was about 68.5 years. The average amount of tissue removed
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