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December 23, 1950


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Professor of Urology Northwestern University Medical School, Chicago 11.

JAMA. 1950;144(17):1502. doi:10.1001/jama.1950.02920170082026

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To the Editor:—  In the July issue of The Journal there appeared an article by Garrison and Gamble on the effects of vasectomy. I have been interested in the surgical correction of male sterility for the past 30 years and have frequently been confronted with the problems of the patient who has undergone vasectomy; for this reason I feel that some comment on this subject is in order. These authors state that the use of vasectomy has been limited because the average male is apprehensive of a handicap in his sexual life as a result of the procedure. They further state that they performed vasectomy in 23 cases because the couple had "as many children as they wanted or could care for adequately." One patient spoke of a wife "almost crazy with worry." Nineteen other patients were sterilized because of "physical disabilities" of the wife. Kidney disease, diabetes, difficult labor

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