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H. C. BUMPUS Jr., M.D.
JAMA. 1943;123(10):615-619. doi:10.1001/jama.1943.02840450017004.
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Those of the profession who have personally undergone what, in the vernacular of our trade, is termed a "cystoscopic examination," appreciate that, like the holy bonds of matrimony, it is not something to be undertaken lightly. The question is too frequently asked "Can my patient stand a cystoscopic examination?" because it is not appreciated that when such an examination is made by a trained, skilful and experienced operator, even as an office procedure, it can give valuable information obtainable in no other way and without serious discomfort or untoward aftermath. If attempted by the untrained and heavy handed, the after-effects may be slow in disappearing and the experience long remembered with horror. The narratives of patients who have undergone this modern form of torture are so distressing that after a "referring doctor" has listened to one or two he naturally becomes reluctant to subject others to such an examination unless


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