In an editorial1 published in The Journal in July 1942 I was quoted—and quoted correctly—as stating that of all cases diagnosed as carcinoma of the prostate in the Brady Urological Institute the radical operation was carried out in approximately 5 per cent. This question was raised in a discussion at a meeting of the New England branch of the American Urological Association, and without any available figures, in a desire to be conservative, I gave my impression that about 5 per cent of all cases of carcinoma of the prostate seen in any clinic would be found suitable for the radical operation.2
The publication of the aforementioned editorial, and particularly my statement, which was given purely as an impression and without the background of any statistical data, led me to make a study with as thorough a follow-up as possible to determine the end results of all cases
COLSTON JAC. CARCINOMA OF THE PROSTATE: A STUDY OF THE PERCENTAGE OF CASES SUITABLE FOR THE RADICAL OPERATION. JAMA. 1943;122(12):781–784. doi:10.1001/jama.1943.02840290001001
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