January 8, 1944


JAMA. 1944;124(2):122. doi:10.1001/jama.1944.02850020052021

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To the Editor:—  Exception may be taken to two statements made by Dr. H. L. Kretschmer (The Journal, Nov. 20, 1943, p. 755) in the report of his interesting group of patients with cancer of the prostate treated by bilateral orchiectomy. Dr. Kretschmer states first, "There seems to be a prevailing notion that, once a diagnosis of cancer of the prostate has been made, all that is necessary to effect a cure is to perform an orchiectomy." All will admit that a notion is hardly a proper subject for scientific discussion. It is of interest to us that this notion is prevailing, but it is not clear among what group it is prevalent. Certainly not among those who have read and understood the literature, which is extensive, relating to castration for prostatic cancer. So far as I am aware, no one has made any claim that any patient has been

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