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Article
April 20, 1895

THE MEDICAL TREATMENT OF CANCER OF THE LARYNX.

Author Affiliations

ADJUNCT PROFESSOR OF DISEASES OF THE THROAT AND NOSE IN THE PHILADELPHIA POLYCLINIC; SURGRON TO THE THROAT, NOSB AND EAR DEPARTMENT OF THE HOWARD HOSPITAL: PHYSICIAN TO THE PHILADELPHIA HOSPITAL.

JAMA. 1895;XXIV(16):581-583. doi:10.1001/jama.1895.02430160009002a
Abstract

The medical treatment of carcinoma of the larynx, with our present knowledge is necessarily a palliative one. Still, efforts to find some drug or method of treatment that would retard or cure the malignant growth have been unceasing. Among the many remedies that have been so used may be mentioned arsenic, iodoform, ergot, mercury, sulphide of calcium, tincture of thuja occidentalis (arbor vitæ), chian, turpentine and condurango. Injections of pyoktanin or the anilin colors and, more recently, a 2 per cent. solution of carmine, dissolved in a 3 per cent. solution of soda.. None of these have, however, stood the test of time and, although some of them do much good in improving the systemic condition and alleviating some of the symptoms, still no purely medicinal treatment has, as yet, been proved to be of curative value.

A plan of treatment that perhaps deserves fuller mention is the comparatively recent

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