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April 16, 1887


JAMA. 1887;VIII(16):433-434. doi:10.1001/jama.1887.02391410013002

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Condurango in Cancer of the Stomach.  -Fifteen years ago there was introduced from Brazil a remedy which was claimed to be a specific for cancer. Since then, as before, other remedies have been similarly vaunted, and none have stood the test of experience. The remedy in question was condurango bark, of which a trial was made at the Middlesex Hospital, the negative results being read before the Clinical Society by Messrs. Hulke and De Morgan (Clin. Soc. Trans., vol. 5). In Germany almost the only favorable report came from Professor Friedreich, who related instances of its value in gastric cancer. Since then it has fallen much into disrepute, having been regarded as little better than a stomachic, and prescribed thus with advantage (Wilhelm: Year-Book of Treatment, 1886, p. 49) in cases of carcinoma and ulcer. But Dr. Riess, of Berlin, has just published (Berl. Klin. Wochensch., March 7), some

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