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December 1969


Arch Intern Med. 1969;124(6):765-766. doi:10.1001/archinte.1969.00300220117024

The data accompanying Dr. Olson's letter and demonstrating his best efforts in the treatment of Hodgkin's disease are instructive.1 Let me recount some of them. The figures of Easson's to which Dr. Olson refers are those of a series of "localized Hodgkin's disease, 103 cases treated 1934-1949." 2 Dr. Easson makes it clear that his "localized disease" is the equivalent of our stages I and II. It is true that Dr. Olson's results can be compared with Dr. Easson's, but not to Olson's advantage: Easson shows 40% survival at 10 years; Olson shows 20%. I shall break that figure down. With Dr. Olson's program of therapy we find that at ten years 33.6% of 41 patients with stage I disease (a total of 13.75 patients) survived. With stage II disease at ten years, 6.3% of 43 patients (2.7 patients) survived. When the two groups are combined the survival at

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