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July 18, 1942


JAMA. 1942;119(12):950-951. doi:10.1001/jama.1942.02830290030012

Wolff found only 83 cases of prostatic cancer reported in medical literature up to 1899. Young, however, in 1906 reported 68 cases (21 per cent) of malignant growth among 318 cases of prostatic obstruction. Muir in 1934, in routine necropsies on men over 60, reported an incidence of 13 per cent. Rich (1935) announced an incidence of 14 per cent in 292 consecutive necropsies on men over 50. Moore, in a series of routine necropsies in Viennese hospitals in which serial sections of the prostate were cut, discovered an incidence of 17 per cent. Gaynor in 1938 studied multiple sections of the gland in one thousand necropsies on men over 40 and reported prostatic carcinoma in 18.4 per cent. Prostatic cancer is now recognized therefore as one of the most frequent types of malignant disease in men. The pessimistic attitude of the majority of urologists with regard to the prognosis

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