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To the Editor:—
Dr. Huggins takes exception to my statement that 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. I made this statement based on my personal experience with internists, surgeons, urologists and general practitioners who consulted me because of the failure of castration in their patients to effect a cure of cancer of the prostate. Several patients have consulted me for the specific purpose of having an orchiectomy, having been told by their physicians that such an operation would cure their cancer. Again, I wish to state that this is my personal experience.As I stated in my paper, it is not my intention to belittle the extensive studies that have been done
Kretschmer HL. ORCHIECTOMY IN THE TREATMENT OF PROSTATIC CANCER-Reply. JAMA. 1944;124(2):122. doi:10.1001/jama.1944.02850020052022