Percy, in an address to the Western Surgical and Gynecological Association, excerpted by The Boston Medical and Surgical Journal, declared that the old prostatique, who showed aberrant sexual activity, was in a large proportion of cases suffering from a psychosis rather than senile dementia, to which the symptoms were usually attributed.
Under the influence of the irritation from his enlarged prostate, he might commit all forms of sexual crime, and after removal of his prostate his functional sexual aberration disappeared, and he remained cured. This phase of the diseased prostate opened up the possibility of a more rational study of the pelvic environment of the prostate gland in the sexual perverts among men, old and young.
Many old prostatics were in insane asylums, many of them were in the government and state soldiers' homes, as well as in the various county almshouses.
Ellingwood's Therapeutist, Vol. 2, 1908, was edited by Finley Ellingwood M.D.