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May 22, 1909


JAMA. 1909;LII(21):1645-1648. doi:10.1001/jama.1909.25420470011001c

In the present contribution, I shall refer only incidentally to statistics. In several previously published papers1 I have given my statistics at length. I desire now to express some opinions that I have formed and facts that I have collected from a study of my own personal cases during the past twenty-five years, selecting a few cases of cancer of the breast, and analyzing them critically, because I believe it is a better way to arrive at the truth, than by a promiscuous study of a large number of cases with statistics only as a guide to determine certain important facts.

I intend to consider very briefly some salient facts in regard to the final outcome of thirty-nine cases of cancer of the breast, the histories of which I know from the time of the operation to the present day. These thirtynine cases have been selected from a large