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September 25, 1897

Chelidonium Majus for Inoperable Cancer.

JAMA. 1897;XXIX(13):657. doi:10.1001/jama.1897.02440390047015

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Chicago, Sept. 20, 1897.

To the Editor:  —In a previous number of the Journal I gave an account of the plan of treating inoperable cancer advocated by Dr. Denicenco of Russia. The method consists of injections of two parts of extract of celandin to one of glycerin. The mixture is thrown into the substance of the tumor and also painted on the surface, and some of it taken by the mouth.Prof. John V. Shoemaker of Philadelphia publishes in the Journal of September 4 an account of five cases in which he tried Denicenco's plan, without getting any effect whatever on the tumors.On the other hand I tried it in one case, and found that the tumor sloughed out as if destroyed by a caustic, with a great relief of the patient from pain and distress, corresponding closely to the experience of Dr. Denicenco.Professor Shoemaker's great eminence in

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