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August 28, 1915

MALIGNANT DISEASE OF THE LARGE INTESTINE: A PLEA FOR EARLY DIAGNOSIS AND EARLY RADICAL OPERATION

JAMA. 1915;LXV(9):754-757. doi:10.1001/jama.1915.02580090002002
Abstract

The study of malignant disease has been diligently pursued for many years. Large funds have been set aside for the purpose of research and much experimental work has been done in these diseases, but as yet we are not in possession of any positive knowledge as to the cause. Not knowing the cause little can be done in the way of prevention. As we can not exert the ounce of prevention we must strive to obtain the pound of cure. In all cases of malignancy the probability of cure is directly related to the earliness and thoroughness of removal.

Childe1 insists that further improvement in the results of operations for cancer is chiefly to be looked for in the systematic education of the public; that it should be taught that early cancer is curable by operation, and that early cancer produces no symptoms of pain or ill health. We

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