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June 4, 1904

EMPIRICAL METHODS IN THE TREATMENT OF INOPERABLE CANCER.

JAMA. 1904;XLII(23):1495-1496. doi:10.1001/jama.1904.02490680035006

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Abstract

In the cancer wards of the Middlesex Hospital are only cases of inoperable disease, and it has been the policy of the medical office to give these patients the benefit of a trial of the various "cures" that are suggested from various sources from time to time, whether the cure is based on rational grounds or not, provided always that the trial is not prejudicial to the comfort or the health of the patient. In the recently issued report from this hospital the results of these therapeutic experiments are given, and, although they are about what might be expected, yet a perusal of the report is extremely interesting. Some of the methods employed are noticeably much more under consideration in England than here, as, for example, the operation of oöphorectomy for carcinoma of the breast. This method was introduced by Beatson, on the principle that the atrophy or removal of

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