October 19, 1901


Author Affiliations

Professor Clinical Surgery, Cornell University Medical College, New York City: Attending Surgeon to St. Vincent and Bellevue Hospitals. NEW YORK CITY.

JAMA. 1901;XXXVII(16):1013-1019. doi:10.1001/jama.1901.62470420001001

The treatment of malignant disease is of paramount importance. The questions of etiology, symptomatology and classification of malignant disease are insignificant as compared with the treatment. This subject can only be appreciated by a recognition of two salient facts: 1, the increase of malignant disease; 2, the universal mortality.

To better appreciate the vital subject under discussion it is pertinent to consider for a few moments the increase of malignant disease in order to better understand the importance of its treatment. Humanity at large seeks for relief from this dreadful scourge, and humanity appeals to the surgeon for help, as he is the only one who can effect a cure.

The increase of cancer is a fact which as it is not understood, can not be explained. Through the kindness of Mr. Frederick L. Hoffman, of the Prudential Life Insurance Company, I am indebted for some information which has never

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