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March 9, 1912

THE RESULTS OF THE TREATMENT OF CANCER OF THE UTERUS BY THE ACTUAL CAUTERY, WITH A PRACTICAL METHOD FOR ITS APPLICATION

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GALESBURG, ILL.

JAMA. 1912;LVIII(10):696-699. doi:10.1001/jama.1912.04260030096011
Abstract

Any treatment of cancer of the uterus, whether by the knife or the cautery, can of necessity awaken but little enthusiasm. Until the embryologist, the pathologist and the bacteriologist widen our horizon as to the causes back of this condition, we can, by an honest exchange of experiences, hope only to prolong life, and with this add comfort to the unknown number of days that a given patient will live. No true idea of what any of our present-day methods will accomplish in the way of prolonging life in comfort, or of cure, can be known unless each surgeon who treats them at all reports his experiences in every instance, and never, under any circumstances, omits his final results in any case. The average primary mortality after the use of the knife in cancer of the cervix and uterus is probably no less than it was when abdominal and vaginal

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