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February 13, 2006

Don't waste your time

As James Taranto might say, "What would we do without studies?" [see UPDATE below]

Reuters reports: "Penis enlargement surgery a waste of time - study"

LONDON (Reuters) - Thanks to the incessant spam, it's become the most hyped of all operations but researchers said on Tuesday that most men who have had penis enlargement surgery are not satisfied with the results.

"For patients with psychological concern about the size of the penis -- particularly if it is normal size -- there is little point in offering them surgery because it makes no difference," said Nim Christopher, a urologist at St Peter's Andrology Centre in London.

Christopher and his colleagues, who questioned 42 men who had the surgery, found the dissatisfaction rate was very high. Often the men requested another surgical procedure.

"The average increase in length is 1.3 cm which isn't very much and the dissatisfaction rate was in excess of 70 percent," said Christopher.
It turns out that this is not a physical condition at all but only a psychological matter.
Rather than having surgery, he and his colleagues, who reported the findings in the journal of European Urology, said the men should be referred for psychological counselling.
And you just knew I couldn't get all the way through an article like that without finding something very troubling: the name of the hospital where urologist Yoram Vardi works.
We now know that the majority of these patients are dissatisfied after these procedures. Research should be directed towards non-surgical options," said Yoram Vardi, of the Rambam Medical Centre in Haifa, Israel, in an editorial in the journal.
The Rambam was one of the greatest Jewish scholars of all time, and now a urologist at his hospital is discussing penile enhancement surgery? I'm perplexed.

UPDATE: Taranto imitates Pillage Idiot:

What Would We Do Without Studies?

"Penis Enlargement Surgery a Waste of Time--Study"--headline, Reuters, Feb. 13

Perhaps I should say: Taranto imitates Pillage Idiot imitating Taranto.