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February 18, 1939

MEDICAL ASPECT OF CANCER OF THE STOMACH

JAMA. 1939;112(7):618-623. doi:10.1001/jama.1939.02800070034008
Abstract

Clinical research in malignant disease of the stomach, even though productive of no new or striking conclusions, is justifiable if it intensifies the impressiveness of certain facts which cannot be sufficiently emphasized if the disease is to be combated. This study of 251 cases, in 187 of which the lesion was considered operable, was undertaken in this spirit and particularly with the purpose of arriving at certain conclusions concerning the role of the gastro-enterologist, the general internist and the general practitioner in the treatment of gastric cancer. The surgeon's function is well defined and involves, in addition to surgical technic in a difficult operation, the decision as to operability and extent of operability when the lesion is actually visualized and palpated at the operating table. In some cases the surgeon has the first opportunity to detect early cancer of the stomach when operating for another lesion or to suspect it

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