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August 31, 1912

THE JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION

JAMA. 1912;LIX(9):722-726. doi:10.1001/jama.1912.04270080404012
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SATURDAY, AUGUST 31, 1912 

THE NON-SURGICAL TREATMENT OF CANCER  As surgical skill and the ability to diagnose advance, there is a decrease in the mortality rate of many so-called surgical diseases. This is true in some measure of cancer when diagnosed in the earlier stages. The hopelessness of advanced cases from a surgical point of view continues to be the incentive to tireless efforts to discover an effective non-surgical cure for cancer.The non-operative treatment of carcinoma may be classified under five general heads: ferment therapy, physicotherapy, chemotherapy, serotherapy and tumor tissue or vaccine therapy.The first advocates of ferment therapy (Lussana, Macini, Bouchut and Péan), advised the injection of gastric juice or pepsin directly into the tumor. ShawMackenzie, from a hypothetical standpoint, advocated

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