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June 29, 1964

Trends in Prostatic Surgery-Reply

JAMA. 1964;188(13):1161. doi:10.1001/jama.1964.03060390063026

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To the Editor:—  Additional tables itemizing the statistical data were omitted from the final form of this paper. Nevertheless, the total numbers of patients undergoing open and closed procedures may be computed from the data published, since the total number of patients and the mortality rates for each classification were given. Dr. Glucksman could probably test these data by the chi-square method.The second point, concerning the age distribution and coexisting medical disease between the open and closed groups, is well taken. As stated in the communication, a variety of urologic surgeons with different backgrounds of training were involved. The authors do not subscribe to the concept that transurethral resections are less hazardous than open procedures but readily concede that this attitude held by one or more of our colleagues may exist to color the overall mortality rates.

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