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Celebrating 50 years of penile implants

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Fig. 1: The first prosthetic devices.
Fig. 2: Instruments to facilitate penoscrotal placement.
Fig. 3: The first Scott three-piece inflatable prosthesis.
Fig. 4
Fig. 5: Penuma® penile implant.

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