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There is no disease to which flesh is heir that so appeals to the sympathy of the physician as an inoperable case of cancer. Not even consumption's ghastly form is so dreadful to the patient and to the physician hopeless of results. The sufferer from tuberculosis is almost invariably buoyed up by an ever present but delusive hope that "as soon as I get rid of this heavy cold I will be all right," but the cancer patient is bereft of hope. He sees the vultures, Prometheus like, feeding upon his vitals, but has little hope of Hercules coming to the rescue.
Now, what are we to do in such cases? To dismiss them because we can not promise cures would be inhuman and cowardly. These patients should be treated on the same principles as those unfortunate beings afflicted with chronic nephritis, consumption or any other disease recognized as incurable.
SLACK HR. BLUE PYOKTANIN IN THE TREATMENT OF INOPERABLE MALIGNANT GROWTHS.. JAMA. 1897;XXVIII(26):1227–1229. doi:10.1001/jama.1897.02440260021001h