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October 18, 1902


JAMA. 1902;XXXIX(16):990-991. doi:10.1001/jama.1902.02480420042007

In their comprehensive study of sarcoma of the iris1 Wood and Pusey bring out the point that in forty-one of the cases of enucleation for this disease histologic examination showed involvement of other parts than the iris. As would be expected from a knowledge of this fact the results as to complete cure by iridectomy are not so favorable as those of enucleation, and the authors draw from their studies the important conclusion that "When the diagnosis of iris sarcoma is established, the globe containing the growth should be immediately enucleated." There often has been observed in dealing with malignant tumors a distinct tendency to leniency in operative measures, the idea being to remove the tumor with as little disturbance as possible of the normal structures. That this has been a mistaken leniency is illustrated in the history of the operative treatment of practically every operable localization of malignant