Excerpt from Genitourinary Diseases and Syphilis
In the past ten years no branch of surgery or medicine has made greater progress than the department of genito-urinary surgery. In that short period of time, the treatment of acute and chronic gonorh a has been removed from mere empiricism and placed upon a scientific and rational basis. This has has been accomplished through investigations, whose results have given us a definite knowledge of the micro-organism concerned, and the pathological changes in the urethral tissues which their presence excites.
The whole subject of chronic seminal vesiculitis, with its relation to sexual nuerasthenia, and the ever-present danger of lurking infection, has been clearly demonstrated. It is than ten years development grew the various instruments for collecting the urine from each kidney separately, in this way stimulating a greater interest in the subject of renal surgery.
While the operations for stone in the bladder are so old as civilization itself, the improvements in the technique of lithotomy, and a clearer comprehension of the indications for each form of operation, are matters of very recent growth. Ten years ago the cases of hypetrophied prostate in old men were without remedy, after the failure of the catheter to alleviate the urgent symptoms, but to-day the operations of prostatectomy, castration, and bottini's operation have opened a way of relieving the suffering and prolonging life.
The above-mentioned advances are only a few of the steps in the progress of this branch of surgery.
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