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Hard science in Cuba

2 June 2012

Cuban doctors have implanted more than a thousand prosthetic penises since 2005.

Made of silicon with a silver or steel wire (I’m not so tacky as to refer to a “rod”), the Cuban devices function better than the hydraulic devices used to treat severe erectile dysfunction in other parts of the world… and, costing about 10 thousand dollars, are much less expensive than the 15 to 20 thousand price tag for a hydraulic prosthetic penis.

Prescribed for men over 40 with diabetes and/or circulatory problems, the implants are free for Cubans who qualify for an implant.  For foreigners, the cost is still cheap: $5000.

Maybe when Karl Marx wrote  “From each according to his ability, to each according to his need,”  this isn’t exactly what he had in mind, but then again, as the words to the Internationale have it,  “Arise, oh human race!”

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