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TUMORS OF THE BLADDER.Read by Invitation before the Wisconsin State Medical Society, May 5, 1893.

JOHN B. HAMILTON, M.D., LL.D.
JAMA. 1893;XX(20):553-558. doi:10.1001/jama.1893.02420470007001c.
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The literature of the subject of tumors of the bladder is almost wholly modern. The ancients had a lively sense of the dangers of meddlesome interference with the bladder and although the operation of stone crushing has probably been known from the earliest times it is only since the day of Civiale and Leroy d'Etiolles that tumors of the bladder began to be commonly extirpated. According to Tuffier, Varner in 1750 removed a vesical polypus, but no details of the case are given. The silence on the subject is the more remarkable when we consider that instead of being infrequent among other affections of the bladder tumors are common. Sir Henry Thompson, than whom there has been no higher modern authority, relates that in November, 1880, he practiced exploratory incision in the urethra for a case which he was unable to diagnose by the methods then adopted; "most unexpectedly," he

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