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Syme's operation III

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External urethrotomy.


  • J. Syme:
    Description of an instrument for dilating the female urethra.
    Edinburgh Medical and Surgical Journal, 1825. On stricture of the urethra and fistula in perineo. 1849.
    2nd edition, 1855, with appendix: Reclamation addressed by Mr. Syme to the Imperial Academy of Medicine of Paris, relative to the remarks of that body on the mode of treating obstinate strictures of the urethra.

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