Medicine: Ambiguous Gland

The enemy that made General Douglas MacArthur a bedfast hospital casualty last week is as common as it is mysterious. Every man is born with a prostate gland —it is one of the clear, anatomical distinctions between the sexes. In childhood it serves no known purpose. In life's prime its role is obscure and minor: it secretes a fluid which mixes with the output of the testicles, apparently helps to increase the mobility of spermatozoa. In old age, when again it appears to be useless, the prostate is the site of ailments ranging from the trivial to cancer which may prove...

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