Medicine: Testosterone Tested

Some medical discoveries are over-ballyhooed. Among them is testosterone, now sometimes puffed as a great rejuvenator. Actually there is no such thing as a "rejuvenator."

Testosterone is a powerful male sex hormone which is manufactured by male sex glands, was discovered in The Netherlands in 1935, and made synthetically in Switzerland the same year from the fat of sheep's wool. In the hands of competent doctors, testosterone has definitely helped cases of pathological sex inadequacy, by bringing the patient's sexual functioning up to par. But there is no evidence that it retards the natural sex decline and general debility of old age....

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