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December 26, 1942

RESECTION AND IMMEDIATE ASEPTIC ANASTOMOSIS FOR CARCINOMA OF THE COLON

JAMA. 1942;120(17):1362-1366. doi:10.1001/jama.1942.02830520012004
Abstract

Surgical attack is at present the accepted method of treatment for cancer of the colon, although one is occasionally surprised to hear grave doubts expressed concerning its value. The doubts, however, do not exist in the minds of those most experienced in the field. Far from ideal though it is, such surgery does offer a very considerable chance of recovery from a condition that otherwise is admittedly hopeless. Those who have enjoyed extensive experience in this type of surgery agree on certain generally accepted principles. For instance, the necessity for preliminary treatment before operation and for careful postoperative handling is well known. Also important, in cases first seen in the phase of obstruction, is the directing of efforts at combating the obstruction before attacking the tumor itself. There are, however, a number of unsettled issues, and it is with these that we propose to deal in this paper. They may

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