"The cure itself is something horrible, grave, and perilous. The mind recoiled at the thought of so frightful a remedy, but what remedy seems frightful when it carries hope to people in peril of death? "

by Anon, 16th century

Disorders of the urinary tract have played a prominent role in the history of medicine because of the fact that venereal disease and kidney stones have always been common, painful, and often fatal conditions quickly demanding the attention of patients and physicians alike.