Producing less pain and fewer complications than open surgeries, Young's punch procedure gained many fans, though none as celebrated as James Buchanan "Diamond Jim" Brady.
Brady found in Young an intrepid surgeon who would take on his chronically inflamed prostate in an April 12, 1912 procedure. Even a stormy post-operative course wouldn't mar Brady's generosity; he made a donation that founded the James Buchanan Brady Urological Institute at Johns Hopkins. Young was its first director.
Others added their own twists to the transurethral procedure. New York City's Maximillan Stern launched the present-day "resectoscope" in 1926, using a moveable tungsten wire to whittle away the obstruction, thus creating the basis for today's transurethral resection of the prostate. In South Carolina, Greenville physician Theodore M. Davis used his engineering background to improve Stern's resectoscope and control bleeding by perfecting the electric current supply and adding today's double foot switch to create