Heat used in the treatment of cancer was never satisfactorily effective until the introduction of the modern diathermy machine. There is now available for desiccation purposes 3,500 (F.) degrees of controlled heat. It is of historical interest to note that Hippocrates used hot irons in the treatment of cancer of the breast 2,000 years ago; Percy's work with the cautery is of contributory value; so was Crookall's1 work with diathermy, reported in 1926. Strauss and his associates2 appear to have taken the use of "surgical diathermy" more seriously and report several years of favorable and interesting experience.
FIRST CLINICAL THREE YEAR CURE
In June 1935 I3 reported (case 1) my first clinical cure of advanced cancer of the rectum; this patient had a liver metastasis. His major treatment by fulguration or desiccation was in May 1934; the second and last (minor) fulguration was in October 1934. After
Martin EG. CANCER, DESICCATION AND CHEMISTRY. JAMA. 1938;110(3):207-208. doi:10.1001/jama.1938.62790030002010a