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September 22, 1917


JAMA. 1917;LXIX(12):982-984. doi:10.1001/jama.1917.02590390032013

Ever since the days of the ancients the medical mind has been interested in the subject of the possible cure of cancer, and each generation has had its hopes raised on high, only to see them dashed again to earth. Of all the methods for cure that have been offered, the only one that has endured to the present day is that of radical surgical removal, recommended by Hippocrates, and adapted and perfected into its modern form by the persistence of the surgeon himself aided by the researches of a Vesalius, a Pasteur and a Lister. And yet, after centuries of effort by the most brilliant surgical minds of succeeding generations, the results are far from perfect, and even the surgeon admits that, if further improvement is to follow, it must result from work along educational lines leading to earlier access to the patient, with all that this implies diagnostically.

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