The somber results of the knife and curette in the treatment of cancer of the cervix uteri are nowhere shown more distinctly than in that beautiful and monumental work of Cu Hen,1 in which science has been enriched by the careful study of 141 cases operated on by master hands; seventy-three by hysterectomy and sixty-eight by curettement. Of the total number but fifteen, or about 10 per cent., were still living when the book went to press. An even more gloomy result was reported in a discussion in this Section at the Saratoga Session,2 where one operator was quoted as saying that he had operated on 482 cases of cancer of the cervix, of which but two were living.
From experimental studies of the autoinfectivity of cancer, notably summarized in a chapter of the work mentioned, it is evident that this small percentage of cures in operable cases may be due in part to a reimplantation of the growth in
MASSEY GB. DESTKUCTIVE STERILIZATION BY CATAPHORESIS OF CANCER OF THE UTERINE CERVIX.. JAMA. 1903;XLI(21):1263–1265. doi:10.1001/jama.1903.92490400023001f