“Raising the temperature of the prostate has definite therapeutic value…the equipment must not be judged by its ability to cure, but only by its ability to produce heat.”
In 1936, urologist James Herring evaluated “Heat Producing Appliances” in treatment of prostatic infections (California and Western Medicine, Vol. 45, No. 2, 1936) after placing a recording thermocouple in the prostatic urethra during treatment via rectal insertion of a heater.
Urologists today no longer use heat to directly treat prostate infections, though urologists continue to experiment with applying heat directly to the prostate in order to ablate tissue and improve voiding.
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