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April 23, 1898


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JAMA. 1898;XXX(17):978-979. doi:10.1001/jama.1898.72440690038002n

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In a limited series of cases in which accessible and supposedly still local carcinomas and sarcomas have been more or less perfectly subjected to this method I have had two well-proven cures and four or five cases now progressing toward the same happy result. Some of these cases date back to 1893, when I accidentally noticed the good effect of a mercurial coating on a zinc anode in contact with a cancerous ulceration, and began the treatment with dosages of 100 and 150 milliamperes with combined mercury and cocain cataphoresis, but my own estimate of the value of the method received an immense impetus during the past spring on the occasion of the first employment under general anesthesia of 500 and 1,000 milliamperes to a carcinoma of the breast. The usual effect of a local necrosis about the zinc-mercury electrodes occurred and the tumor shrank perceptibly at once from a

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