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July 21, 1906


Author Affiliations

Professor of Genito-Urinary Surgery and Syphilology, State University of Illinois; Attending Surgeon, St. Mary's and Samaritan Hospitals. CHICAGO.

JAMA. 1906;XLVII(3):169-172. doi:10.1001/jama.1906.25210030009002a

With the subsidence of the furore which attended the introduction to the profession of operations on the spermatic cord for prostatic disease, vasectomy was practically relegated to the dead lumber room. While recognizing the fallacy of the claims first made for testicle and cord operations in the relief of prostatic hypertrophy, and having early put myself on record in opposition to the extravagant claims made for such operations, I do not believe that the profession will be inclined to accuse me of over enthusiasm in my endeavor to establish the operation of vasectomy as a legitimate means of relief for certain conditions.

Despite the over enthusiasm which attended the introduction of cord operations, it was not fair to push them aside simply because they did not fulfill the extravagant expectations of those who for one reason or another first advocated them. Whatever may have been the merits of the operation

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