Historical investigations into varicocele pathophysiology and sperm migration

50 Years Ago Today

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Volume 109, Issue 1, Pages 75–76


Martin Kathrins, M.D.


While we bemoan the paucity of “negative trials” in the medical literature today, one wonders if this is a relatively new phenomenon. Whatever the current bias against publication of such studies, our mid-century counterparts seemed all too happy to embrace less than dramatic conclusions. These articles—while by no means breakthroughs—represent an admirable struggle with medical questions that continue to vex us today.

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