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February 9, 1918

A WARNING AGAINST OPERATIONS FOR VARICOCELE ON APPLICANTS FOR ENLISTMENT, REGISTRANTS FOR THE SELECTIVE DRAFT, AND SOLDIERS

JAMA. 1918;70(6):409-410. doi:10.1001/jama.1918.02600060055026

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Abstract

To the Editor:  —Until recently, varicocele disqualified for military service, and many applicants for enlistment in the Army and Navy and for admission to West Point and Annapolis subjected themselves voluntarily to this operation. Now that varicocele does not disqualify, officers and especially enlisted men who complain of discomfort in the groin and testicles during their physical training may be referred to the base hospitals in the various training camps and cantonments, and subjected to an unnecessary operation for varicocele.The evidence against operation for varicocele, except in selected cases, is based on these facts: The majority of men suffering with this lesion show, after long observation, that the condition as a rule spontaneously disappears. Varicocele is observed most frequently after puberty and before the age of 21, and as a rule it disappears at about the age of 25, and, with few exceptions, before 30.Those persons who have

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