November 15, 1947

Medical Aspects of Growing Old

JAMA. 1947;135(11):743. doi:10.1001/jama.1947.02890110061029

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Much in this little book is good, but there is some that is bad. On page 147 one reads that the prostate, like the tonsil, "is to some extent a vested interest of the surgeon." The implication is that it is operated on too often. Dr. Todd's method of handling the situation is to give testosterone, which he thinks cures even those with much residual urine and uremic symptoms! It is doubtful that any urologist would agree with that. Dr. Todd does not seem to have heard of the transurethral type of prostatectomy, which is so easy on the patient, which has almost no immediate mortality and which keeps the patient in the hospital only four or five days. Not knowing of this great advance in surgery, Todd thinks it better that an old man resign himself to leading a catheter life!

On page 44, Dr. Todd seems to be

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