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October 14, 1950

Primary Carcinoma of the Vagina

JAMA. 1950;144(7):592. doi:10.1001/jama.1950.02920070082038

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This small monograph belongs in the series of "American Lectures in Obstetrics and Gynecology." The material for the book is based on 110 patients with primary carcinoma of the vagina admitted to the Memorial Hospital for the Treatment of Cancer and Allied Diseases, New York. The 73 pages are divided into nine chapters and include every aspect of carcinoma of the vagina, including anatomy of the vagina, etiology, symptoms, morbid anatomy and clinical course, histopathology, diagnosis, therapeutic measures, complications, results of treatment and prognosis. As the author concludes, the results of treatment of cancer of the vagina are extremely poor. The five year cure rate calculated by the technics of statistical analysis now in use at the Memorial Hospital is 10.5 per cent for 76 determinate cases. The radical removal of all areas found to be involved by carcinoma is recommended as the measure most likely to result in cure,

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