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April 22, 1939

Der Magenkrebs

JAMA. 1939;112(16):1631. doi:10.1001/jama.1939.02800160095034

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Konjetzny, one of the foremost authorities on the subject, summarizes thirty years of study of the problem of gastric carcinoma. He reaffirms the views previously published, coordinates the data, adds much new material and presents a complete picture of our present knowledge of the genesis of gastric carcinoma and its clinical application. In the introduction he calls attention to the well known fact that the stomach is the organ most frequently affected by carcinoma and that today the majority of patients so afflicted come to the internist and the surgeon too late for cure. In the battle against gastric carcinoma only two possibilities exist: prophylaxis or early radical surgical treatment. Under the heading of etiology Konjetzny discusses first the role of heredity and concludes that cancer as such is not inherited, only a certain tendency or organ disposition. External conditions are thought to be the more important factors. The theory

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