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August 13, 1973


Author Affiliations

Los Angeles

JAMA. 1973;225(7):751. doi:10.1001/jama.1973.03220340055034

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To the Editor.—  The article was gratifying because of its rational and scientifically grounded differentiation between two distinct prostate diseases. In 1955,I described my concept of "chronic prostatitis," and, to the best of my knowledge, I introduced the distinctive word "prostatosis" to differentiate the noninfective prostate syndrome from true bacterial prostatitis (Calif Med 82:454, 1955). My concept was generally accepted as valid, but it did receive some adverse criticism (Calif Med 83:98, 1955). Meares and his Stanford group, who have done such excellent investigative work on urinary tract infection, have differentiated bacterial prostatitis from "prostatosis" most lucidly.