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April 7, 1956

CHRONIC PROSTATITIS

JAMA. 1956;160(14):1257. doi:10.1001/jama.1956.02960490071021

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Abstract

To the Editor:—  In regard to the article in The Journal (160: 540 [Feb. 18] 1956) entitled "Chronic Prostatitis—Fact or Fiction?" I have a few comments. The authors had an unexcelled opportunity to examine the prostate and make a statistical analysis of these examinations. It is my opinion, however, that they did not report adequately what must have been available. In the first place, they made no observations on the size, texture, tenderness, or configuration of the prostate and no mention of associated seminal vesiculitis. This is true in all three of their groups: "normal," "nonspecific urethritis," and "chronic prostatitis." Also, they made no mention of any symptoms occurring in the socalled normal group. They state that all of their nonspecific urethritis patients received the same treatment, but do not describe what that treatment is. In the last sentence of the paper they conclude that "chronic prostatitis as the cause

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