The amount of recent literature on ulcer and cancer of the stomach indicates that the importance of these affections is being widely recognized. This is due not only to the frequency and ubiquity of these conditions, but also to the unsatisfactory results of the treatment hitherto in vogue. Rational medical treatment based on pathology and symptomology seems to have reached its full development. At any rate, there has been no marked recent progress, and the prospects are not encouraging. Internal medicine has confessed itself unable to diagnose cancer of the stomach in average cases early enough for satisfactory or even justifiable surgical intervention, and, therefore, regards this condition as hopeless. In the treatment of gastric ulcer, internists accomplish many immediate, but far fewer permanent cures, and are unable to prevent or control the frequent complications. On the other hand, surgery, having successfully relieved many conditions previously regarded as hopeless, is
THE TREATMENT OF ULCER AND CANCER OF THE STOMACH. JAMA. 1904;XLII(22):1422–1423. doi:10.1001/jama.1904.02490670026006
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