One of the burning questions before the medical profession to-day is "How shall we treat our cancer cases?" The first thought that responds is "With ablative surgery;" the second brings before us the disheartening proportion of hopeless recurrences that follows such management and which varies from 60 to 80 per cent. in different hospitals; the third invokes the Roentgen ray; the fourth, destruction of the affected tissues by caustic pastes; and the fifth, destructive sterilization of such tissues by massive mercuric cataphoresis.
Of the last-mentioned, not enough is generally known as yet to render possible the formation of reliable conclusions, but the results obtained by the father of this method, Dr. G. B. Massey, Philadelphia, and by a few others, are such as to give ground for the belief that it is destined to play a not unimportant part in the future management of malignant disease. Caustic pastes are rationally
SKINNER CE. ROENTGENIZATION IN THE TREATMENT OF CANCER.WITH AN EXHIBITION OF CASES IN WHICH THE EVIDENCES OF MALIGNANT DISEASE HAVE DISAPPEARED UNDER ROENTGEN RADIATION. JAMA. 1906;XLVII(19):1541–1544. doi:10.1001/jama.1906.25210190021001i
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