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July 11, 1891

NON-SURGICAL TREATMENT OF CANCEROUS UTERI.Read in the Section of Obstetrics and Diseases of Women, at the Forty-second Annual Meeting of the American Medical Association, held at Washington, D. C., May, 1891.

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JAMA. 1891;XVII(2):67-69. doi:10.1001/jama.1891.02410800023002e

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It is not the purpose of this paper to condemn the surgical treatment of cancer of the uterus; nor would the writer claim that a majority of the malignant diseases of that organ should be treated by medicine alone, for he admits that cancer anywhere should be treated, when practicable, by local remedies, and that general medication has little or no influence over the disease, and the vaunted specific he would only mention to condemn. The proposition to treat cancer with the curette and local applications would appear absurd after reading the above title of the paper, yet the paradox will seem logical, as we proceed to illustrate our position.

The non-surgical treatment of cancerous uteri is the disuse of the scalpel or knife, as unnecessary, in many cases; while probably a majority of cases, when first seen by the physician, require the total extirpation of the diseased organs, but

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