*Received for publication March 11. 1946. Except in special clinics with technically trained ward staffs, suprapubic drainage with a Freyer's tube is a safety factor after prostatectomy. By means of a suction technique, details of which are descriptionbed, the patient may be kept dry throughout, the wound is allowed to heal by first intention, complications are avoided and mortality is reduced. By curtailing the postoperative period, reduction in the quantity of dressings required, and saving of the time of the nursing staff, suction methods reduce considerably the expense incurred in connection with the treatment of prostate and other bladder cases.
A case of chronic essential pentosuria, the first to our knowledge to be descriptionbed in South Africa, is reported. Chronic essential pentosuria is a rare abnormality in which the pentose, I-xyloketose or xylulose is excreted in the urine. It has a strong hereditary tendency, and is included among the ï¿½inborn errors of metabolism"". It has no pathological significance, and the present case has maintained good health with no detectable abnormality for thirty-two years after the pentosuria was first discovered. It requires to be differentiated from ""diabetes mellitus"" renal glycosuria and other rare benign melliturias. The identification of the pentose is descriptionbed, and it is shown that the diagnosis of chronic essential pentosuria can be made by the general practitioner with no more laboratorv equipmentthan some Benedict's reagent and a test-tube.