It is unfortunate when, through an initial erroneous diagnosis of carcinoma, a dramatic cure is falsely reported. When the case is used as evidence for the efficacy of a new method of treatment and thus widely publicized, the harmful result is even more far reaching. It is quoted over and over again, gradually becomes accepted as a proved fact, and gives undeserved credit to that form of therapy.
Such a case is the one reported here. On this basis alone it is worthy of publication. In addition, it shows coexistence of Hodgkin's disease and adenocarcinoma of the colon in the same patient, which in itself is unusual.
A diagnosis of inoperable carcinoma of the stomach with regional metastases to lymph nodes was first made on this patient in 1928 through abdominal exploration and microscopic examination of a lymph node removed from the gastrocolic omentum. Following this she was treated in
Craver LF, Sunderland DA. HODGKIN'S DISEASE AND CARCINOMA OF THE COLON: MISTAKEN DIAGNOSIS OF CARCINOMA OF THE STOMACH. JAMA. 1940;114(17):1623-1625. doi:10.1001/jama.1940.62810170001005