Dr. Spector’s orchiectomies

Twenty-odd years ago there was an old man named Dr. Spector in Philadelphia that did orchiectomies out of his small office in a shabby apartment building. I think that that building is featured in the documentary, “American Eunuchs”, that came out in the ’00s. Some of Spector’s neighbors in the building were interviewed for that film.

Anyway, Spector was in his 80s and was a pretty poor surgeon. He liked to joke with his ‘patients’ about their castration and after he castrated them he would take them on a tour of downtown Philadelphia. Many of his patients ended up in the ER because he did such poor work and his license to practice medicine was revoked.

We’ve certainly come a long way since then.

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