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March 25, 1950


Author Affiliations

Los Angeles

Clinical Professor of Urology, Dept. of Surgery (Urology), College of Medical Evangelists, School of Medicine.

JAMA. 1950;142(12):875-877. doi:10.1001/jama.1950.02910300013004

Scrotal swellings are relatively common. It is not the purpose or scope of this paper to present a detailed account of all the pathologic conditions that may affect the scrotum and its contents. Rather I propose herein to briefly review features pertinent to certain phases of scrotal enlargements which have been observed and to discuss a few of the salient features of the more significant lesions. On occasion a scrotal enlargement may not be without its merits, for, had it not been for a huge hydrocele incapacitating the historian Gibbon,1 the notable volumes comprising "The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire" might never have been written! It is amazing how tolerant many patients can be of large scrotal masses when these are unassociated with pain, even though the masses must cause considerable inconvenience at times.

Of 31,353 urologic patients discharged from the Los Angeles County General Hospital and

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