Medicine: De-sterilization

A U.S. surgeon last week offered hope to the thousands of victims sterilized by the Nazis (by the tying or cutting of the excretory ducts of the testes). Dr. Vincent J. O'Conor, Northwestern University Medical School urologist, reported in The Journal of the American Medical Association that he has operated on 14 sterilized men; nine became fertile. He queried other urologists; 135 reported that they had performed 420 operations to restore fertility, succeeded in 35 to 40% of the cases. The operation, anastomosis (reconnection) of the vas deferens, is not difficult, he...

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