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December 21, 1907

WILL RADIUM CURE CANCER? A CASE.

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LAKE FOREST, ILL.

JAMA. 1907;XLIX(25):2085-2086. doi:10.1001/jama.1907.25320250037002a

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Abstract

I hesitate to offer this case for publication lest I may be thought a disciple of Ananias, a hyperenthusiast or a retailer of fairy tales.

Possibly the case is not unique. Others have obtained good results with radium or its congener, the x-ray, but as far as my own observation extends, it has no parallel.

I am prepared to substantiate the facts which I now record. I also am fully aware that one case furnishes no broad basis for a generalization.

History.  —Mrs. X., aged 42, widow, mother of four children, came for examination January, 1905. February, 1899, a cystic growth of the right breast was removed. There was no recurrence and no microscopic examination.

Examination.  —Inspection now revealed a soft growth, size of quarter of a dollar, on the posterior lip of the os uteri. Patient complained of backache, metrorrhagia and debility.

Operation.  —Patient was anesthetized, growth curetted, and

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