In this paper I limit the term stricture of the urethra to organic contractions in the lumen of the canal not caused by traumatism, incidental to her sex or the result of destructive or malignant disease. In a surgical sense, it is the same condition that we define by this term in the male.
I find it necessary to thus limit the disease, because the affection is supposed to be rarely found in women, that all manner of causes have to be enumerated in order to explain its presence. In the two most recent and elaborate monographs upon the subject, that by Fissiaux and by Herman, all manner of accidental conditions are invoked to explain the condition. When the causes of urethral stricture in women are reduced to two, specific urethritis and traumatism principally (Fissiaux), it will be clear to any one who studies it independently and free from