Medicine: The Case of Benjamin Twaddle

One of the few forms of cancer which can be relieved to some extent by medication is cancer of the prostate gland, and one of the most effective relieving agents is stilbestrol, a synthetic female sex hormone. Patients have gotten as much as ten years of borrowed time by stilbestrol (either alone or in conjunction with surgery). When the treatment is successful, the malignancy is arrested both at its original site in the prostate and in the metastases (cancerous colonies in other parts of the body). Until recently, however, no case had been...

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