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November 7, 1953


Author Affiliations

Rochester, Minn.

Fellow in Urology, Mayo Foundation (Dr. Ghormley), from the Section of Urology (Dr. Cook) and the Section of Bacteriology (Dr. Needham), Mayo Clinic.

JAMA. 1953;153(10):915-918. doi:10.1001/jama.1953.02940270021005

Although prostatitis has been recognized for more than a century, little change in therapeutic methods has been made in the past 50 years. In 1893, Fenwick reported good results with measures such as cold enemas, blistering, tonics, sitz baths, and so forth. More enthusiastic reports of current forms of treatment have been rare. The explanation of this is not clear. Chronic prostatitis is often refractory to the best of modern methods of treatment. All too often patients, suddenly aware of their prostatitis, become prostatic cripples through injudicious, prolonged, and unsatisfactory therapy. In spite of the mass of literature on the subject, too little is known about the process. Treatment often becomes stereotyped. Sir Henry Thompson, in 1860, listed certain causes of chronic prostatitis and, with minor variations, these have persisted in medical literature.

Suspecting that all prostatitis is not the same, we collected a series of cases of chronic prostatitis.

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