Medicine: Castration & the Court

Doctors are far from convinced that castration is any good as a treatment for sex offenders. They know that the operation destroys fertility and often has a marked effect on potency: they do not see how it can cure the sick mind in which the urge for sexual offenses is born. Nevertheless, Judge Lawrence N. Turrentine of San Diego got up before an audience of California sheriffs last week and asserted that, regardless of theory, castration works well in practice.

Judge Turrentine started his controversial experiment 14 years ago when a physician who had molested children in three other states came...

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