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August 4, 1900


JAMA. 1900;XXXV(5):300-301. doi:10.1001/jama.1900.02460310034005

Loos1 presents statistics of 565 cases of carcinoma of the lip treated in v. Brun's clinic. The figures cover fifty-five years, and the present study is a continuation of Wörner's work, which dealt with 305 cases in the period between 1843-84. Loos now adds 260 cases and brings us down to 1898. Some of the principal facts are recapitulated here in order to show the undoubted value of careful overhauling of material of this kind as well as the eminent desirability of better systems for recording the work of our large surgical clinics—a matter that we believe is now greatly neglected in not a few centers of surgical activity in this country. There is undoubtedly a singular dearth in our periodical literature of careful studies of common surgical affections covering long periods and dealing with the accumulated observations of large clinics. Such reviews throw much light upon the course

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