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July 1930


Arch Surg. 1930;21(1):113-127. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1930.01150130116006

That cancer of the stomach is a problem, and can be considered a major problem in the control of cancer, is evident when one considers the figures of the annual toll of cancer in this part of the body, how little actually is accomplished for the patient with cancer of the stomach and what might possibly be done for him.

The general facts are well known. Almost 35 per cent of all deaths from cancer are due to cancer of the stomach; the disease picture is easily recognized when well developed; large series of successful primary removals have been reported, yet the general hopelessness and pessimism of most laymen and physicians are only too apparent.

This study is based on an analysis of 365 consecutive deaths from cancer of the stomach, collected through the Cancer Division of the Department of Health. Of these patients, 213 were observed in hospitals and

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