May 1954


AMA Arch Surg. 1954;68(5):591-592. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1954.01260050593001

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NO ONE who is concerned with the treatment of cancer can feel satisfied with the present methods of dealing with this disease. We can only hope that research efforts in this great field of pathology may eventually throw some light on the cause or causes of malignant disease, with the result that cancer may either be prevented or at least attacked on a more scientific basis.

Surgical operations dealing with cancer are giving gratifying results provided the disease is localized and accessible and a diagnosis has been made early. The development of surgical technique, improvements in anesthesia, as well as in both preoperative and postoperative care, have made possible very radical procedures which, happily, not infrequently result in cure. Surgeons, however, should not be tempted to undertake the impossible or, indeed, as a result of their efforts leave the patient in such a condition that life is well-nigh intolerable. The

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