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June 6, 1908

THE CANCER PROBLEM.ORATION ON SURGERY AT THE FIFTY-NINTH ANNUAL SESSION OF THE AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION, AT CHICAGO, JUNE 2-5, 1908.

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CLEVELAND.

JAMA. 1908;L(23):1883-1887. doi:10.1001/jama.1908.25310490011001b

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Abstract

A just presentation of the status of surgery in any subject is as difficult as the honor of presenting it here is high, for the forward movement in research and investigation in the whole field of medicine is world-wide and aggressive, and singularly effective. Events follow each other so swiftly that the profession itself requires an almost daily readjustment. Is there within the past generation in any other department of human endeavor a record of so. many basic discoveries as in medicine? Who can read the triumphs of preventive medicine, of biochemistry, of physiology, of pathology, without pride?

Surgery has all but conquered the infections and benign tumors of the pelvic organs, of the kidney, of the appendix, and of the gall bladder; it has mastered the complications of gastric ulcer, it has cured hernia, removed goiters and corrected deformities. All these are, or may be, serious operations, and yet

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