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Editor-In-Chief: C. Michael Gibson, M.S., M.D. [1] Associate Editor(s)-in-Chief: Usama Talib, BSc, MD [2]


In 350 BC, the anatomical positioning and existence of the prostate gland was explained by Herophilus. Prostatic incitement was recognised as a cause of prostatitis in 1800. In 1978 Drach gave the basis of the current classification of prostatitis.

Historical Perspective

  • In 350 BC, Herophilus first explained the anatomical existence of the prostate gland.[1]
  • In 1800, the most common cause of prostatitis was identified to be incitement of the prostatic gland by exertion, instrumentation, alcohol or intercourse.[1]
  • In 1815, Legneau elaborated the prostatic inflammation for the first time.[1]
  • In 1906, Young analysed the prostatic fluid for the first time.[1]
  • In 1968, Meares and Stamey differentiated the aetiology of prostatitis by using multi glass test.[2]
  • In 1978, Drach first explained the current classification system.[3]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Nickel, J Curtis (1999). Textbook of Prostatitis. Harvard Medical School: Isis Medical Media. p. 3. ISBN 1901865045.
  2. E. M. Meares & T. A. Stamey (1968). "Bacteriologic localization patterns in bacterial prostatitis and urethritis". Investigative urology. 5 (5): 492–518. PMID 4870505. Unknown parameter |month= ignored (help)
  3. G. W. Drach, W. R. Fair, E. M. Meares & T. A. Stamey (1978). "Classification of benign diseases associated with prostatic pain: prostatitis or prostatodynia?". The Journal of urology. 120 (2): 266. PMID 671653. Unknown parameter |month= ignored (help)