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October 11, 1965

The Pathology of Testicular Tumors

JAMA. 1965;194(2):211. doi:10.1001/jama.1965.03090150103042

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This landmark in the literature of testicular tumors proves that at least in certain matters research-by-committee can succeed handsomely. During a six-year period, the Testicular Tumor Panel of eight pathologists resident in five cities of Great Britain collected 1,194 cases. The eight pathologists individually examined every specimen and clinical abstract and have published the most exhaustive study on the subject in English, valuable alike for primary instruction, for review, and for reference.

The title understates the scope of the monograph, which gives a full account of the natural history of testicular masses, proceeding from embryology through pathology to clinical behavior and clinical results. Since the authors did not plan a survey of the entire field, they omitted discussion of experimental work and of therapeutic methods. Their purpose was to scrutinize all facets of their material and to record findings. They fixed steadily on the data, used references only for illumination,

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