[quote author=nova_dude703 link=topic=54125.msg444625#msg444625 date=1337643142]
Was it just a fad or are there some situations in modern medicine where these are still being used?
I would suppose it was something of a fad, an instrument used by doctors who were either very meticulous and into exact measurements, or who simply liked all the ensuing handling and measuring of genitals.
Most doctors would probably have simply relied on the Mark I Eyeball to asses maturity. And adding a wide margin to cover the fact that many mature at an older age than the majority.
Things would have been different when real endocrinological issues were taken in consideration, when there were unmistakable signs of growth issues. But then again, I would surmise that it would be rather obvious without the use of any instruments other than a visual assessment (or more likely observation by parents) that someone was very much in arrears with bodily development ...
You don't really need an orchidometer to make that observation ... but it would come in useful afterwards to monitor growth during treatments ...
In any case, I've never encountered them nor heard of them being used, except in stories and accounts here or on other forums.