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In the history of medicine we have no recorded example of a cancer of the stomach cured by medical means. Yet, for some reason or reasons, such cases are sent to the medical men, are entered in the medical wards of hospitals a n d subjected to treatment which must result in 100 per cent. mortality.
So true is this that, while suspected cases of cancer of the breast, the uterus or the rectum are at once sent to the surgical side from the out-patient department, the possible victim of cancer of the stomach, even with a suspicion amounting almost to a certainty, is still sent to the medical ward.
Yet, of all diseases, cancer of the stomach is most surgical. External carcinomas may be treated by plasters, badly, it is true, but occas i o n a ll y with success. Superficial epithelial growths sometimes disappear, at least for
MAYO WJ. THE SURGICAL TREATMENT OF CANCER OF THE STOMACH.WITH REPORT OF ONE HUNDRED GASTRIC RESECTIONS. JAMA. 1906;XLVI(14):999–1006. doi:10.1001/jama.1906.02510410001001
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