Medicine: Prostatic Cancer

There was a kind of grim good news for half the human race last week: a doctor stated flatly that he does not think castration is the inevitable prescription for prostatic cancer.

Wrote Dr. Herman Louis Kretschmer of Chicago's Presbyterian Hospital in the Journal of the American Medical Association: "There seems to be a prevailing notion that ... all that is necessary to effect a cure is to perform an orchiectomy [castration]. It is extremely unfortunate. . . . Results are . . . anything but desirable."

Men, Lions and Dogs. Enlargement of the prostate gland occurs in most men over 50 and...

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