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July 2, 1887

LETTER FROM NEW YORK.

JAMA. 1887;IX(1):26-28. doi:10.1001/jama.1887.04360030025008

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Abstract

Cancer of the Pancreas—Epithelioma of Penis—Intubation; Feeding after Intubation; Statistics of Intubation; Pathology of Intubation.

At a recent meeting of the New York County Medical Association, Dr. Thomas C. Taylor read the report of a case of Cancer of the Pancreas, with infiltration of the omentum and walls of the stomach, along the greater curvature, occurring in a female of 30 years. The case was interesting both on account of the infrequency of the affection and the obscurity of its diagnosis. In this case, three important and common symptoms generally regarded as diagnostic of pancreatic cancer: jaundice, œdema, and fat in the alvine discharges, were absent. Dr. Taylor thought Da Costa's manner of diagnosticating these cases the most feasible—that by exclusion. As to the possibility of prolonging life by operation in a case of cancer of the pancreas, if the diagnosis could be made early enough, the two cases

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