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December 27, 1913


JAMA. 1913;61(26):2283-2286. doi:10.1001/jama.1913.04350270001001

We now have evidence to show that the number of cures of cancer can be increased. No one will question that cancer of the lip, tongue, skin, stomach and colon has been cured by radical excision. There was a time in the history of surgery when no such cures had been accomplished. In 1890, Agnew, professor of surgery at the University of Pennsylvania, made the public statement in his surgical clinic that he had never cured a patient of cancer of the breast. Within a few weeks I have seen a patient operated on for cancer of the breast by Dr. Halsted in 1890, who is still living and apparently as free from signs of cancer as a person who had never suffered from that disease.

Agnew, who honestly stated that he had never cured cancer, only removed the breast and never operated, except when the signs of cancer were

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