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July 31, 1948


Author Affiliations

Visiting Surgeon, Massachusetts General Hospital Boston

JAMA. 1948;137(14):1213-1219. doi:10.1001/jama.1948.82890480001008

I. CARCINOMA OF THE ESOPHAGUS  The epochal advances which have been made in the field of thoracic surgery in the past ten years have brought about a new interest in the subject of carcinoma of the esophagus, a disease which until now has been attended by a completely hopeless prognosis. This interest results from the demonstration that in a large number of the cases a resection and intrathoracic esophagogastric anastomosis can be performed. Sufficient experience with the use of this operation has been accumulated to prove that it provides by far the best form of palliation among the patients who will ultimately succumb to the disease, but more important than that is the fact that an appreciable number of patients will survive for three or more years as a result.1 This operation, therefore, for the first time provides hope that a patient may be cured of this dread disease.

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