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November 20, 1937

Foreign Letters

JAMA. 1937;109(21):1734-1738. doi:10.1001/jama.1937.02780470056021

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LONDON  (From Our Regular Correspondent)Oct. 23, 1937.

Treatment of the Undescended Testicle  The pathology and treatment of the undescended testicle are still controversial subjects. It has not been settled whether the testicle fails to descend because of imperfect development or is imperfectly developed because it has not descended. In opening a discussion on the treatment at the Royal Society of Medicine, Prof. Grey Turner said that he had never been satisfied that descent occurs later than the age of 3 years, but he suggested that detailed information on this point might be obtained from school medical officers. As shown later, this was forthcoming. He thought that the unilateral and bilateral cases might belong to entirely different groups. In the unilateral the scrotum was always developed, but the testicle which was descended and the penis might be small or abnormally large and rarely were grossly undeveloped. In the bilateral cases

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