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War Surgery and Medicine



It was agreed early in the war that operative treatment for varicocele was unnecessary and undesirable in the army. Operation was therefore banned overseas. It was remarkable how little was seen or heard of varicocele in the 2 NZEF, which went to prove that there was very little real disability associated with the condition. Operation undoubtedly also was associated with some danger of atrophy of the testes and certainly with the exaggeration of any psychoneurosis, which was so frequently associated with the condition.