Ten stories of 2012, part I

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It is now my turn to welcome you to the BJUI blog. We [the editorial team] hope that you will be as excited as we are about the future. For my first blog posts, I decided to recap the year 2012 in ten stories. These are topics that caught my attention in 2012, and are certainly not representative of what others might think as 'important'. Nonetheless, I hope that you will find this curated collection of some interest, and maybe stir a little controversy or two. Happy 2013! In no particular order,…

Editorial: What have we learned from the Partin table update?

The controversies surrounding a physician’s best treatment strategy advice to an individual patient with clinically localized prostate cancer create a continuing need for advanced statistics. Historically, the Partin tables [1] were one of the first statistical tools that physicians and patients found readily usable. The tables have been updated and always focused on prediction of pathologic stage from standard clinical variables. The next commonly cited/used tool was the Kattan nomogram [2] that…

Editorial Commentary: Rising to the Challenge

BJUI Editorial Commentary: Rising to the Challenge. Roger S. Kirby and John M. Fitzpatrick Before 1995 there were effectively no charities in the UK the aim of which was to support research, education and training in urology. As a consequence, around that time, four charitable organisations sprung up and have since gone on to flourish; now, together, they raise >£20 million per year. Kirby RS, Fitzpatrick JM. Rising to the challenge. BJU Int 2012, Vol 110, Issue 11.
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