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January 23, 1943

Lymph Node Metastases: Incidence and Surgical Treatment in Neoplastic Disease

JAMA. 1943;121(4):298. doi:10.1001/jama.1943.02840040074031

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This book presents the results of a study of lymph node metastasis in cancer and its treatment. The first part describes the anatomy of the lymphatic drainage of the neck, the axilla and arm, the groin, the pelvis and abdomen, and the thorax. The second part deals with regional lymph node metastasis and is based on an analysis of some 5,500 cases, almost all of carcinoma, treated in the Massachusetts General, the Huntington Memorial and the Pondville hospitals. The cases in each part of the body have been studied with respect to secondary lymph node involvement, which occurred in about half of the cases observed, roughly averaged. Answers are recorded to questions like these: The location, duration, size, grade and control of the primary carcinoma? The particular nodes involved? The time and curability of lymph node metastases? Details are summarized clearly in the text and in one hundred and seventeen

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