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Indignation over castration

MagazineJuly 1996 (Vol. 7 Issue 4)Indignation over castration

I appreciate your journal style aims to be hardhitting

I appreciate your journal style aims to be hardhitting. However, your recent issue on hysterectomy (vol 7 no 1) refers on several occasions to this being a form of "castration". While you will no doubt say in defence of this word that it is accurate

Please resist the temptation to stoop to sensationalist style journalism. Your journal can be a valuable resource for ill people and for those of us who try to help them. Damaris Micklem, homeopath, Edinburgh......

Ed replies

Unfortunately, we were not being sensationalist, but simply using medical terminology. "Castration" is the medical term referring to the procedure which removes gonads, so that anyone who has had ovaries removed is said to be castrated. The majority of gynecologists put forward hysterectomy as the first line, rather than last line option, for all the conditions described in the article. Sadly, the statistics on hysterectomy in the US and UK speak for themselves.

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