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Nearly a year ago Dujardin-Beaumetz called attention to a plan of handling this disorder which, in his hands, had given results at least favorably comparable to surgical results.
He regards cancer of the rectum as ordinarily of slow growth, and its dangers to be partly the result of the intestinal obstruction which it produces, partly a poisoning from the absorption of the broken down tissue of the tumor, and lastly, the mechanical results of its pressure on the ureters. To limit the action of these factors, intestinal antisepsis is at least partially available. By irrigation of the bowel, the region of the tumor is kept clean, as well as the sacculated portion of the bowel above it. Stercoræmia from retained fæces is less liable to occur. For purposes of irrigation, Beaumetz uses a solution of naphthol, about 4 grs. to the quart. Of intestinal antisepsis to be given by way
MEDICAL TREATMENT OF RECTAL CANCER. JAMA. 1892;XVIII(14):434. doi:10.1001/jama.1892.02411180026009
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