CURRENT MEDICAL LITERATURE
St. Paul Medical JournalOctober
The point emphasized by Judd is that the surgeon can promise a definite cure in the majority of cases in which the patients present themselves for treatment on the appearance of first symptoms. As the technic develops, and physicians have a better knowledge of the extension of the growth of the tumor, they will be able to cure a larger percentage of the advanced cases. Therefore, an early operation, even though badly done, will effect more cures than will a perfect operation which is performed late. Furthermore, in order to get malignant cases early, it is necessary to remove all tumors as soon as they are discovered, as many of the doubtful and some of the supposedly benign cases will eventually prove to be malignant.
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