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June 3, 1893

THE TREATMENT OF MALIGNANT TUMORS BY INOCULATIONS OF ERYSIPELAS.

JAMA. 1893;XX(22):615-616. doi:10.1001/jama.1893.02420490019007

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Abstract

From time to time cases have occurred under the observation of medical men in which an accidental attack of erysipelas has been followed by the permanent cure or temporary arrest of a sarcoma or carcinoma. Busch (Berliner ke. Wochenschrift, 1866) saw an accidental permanent cure by erysipelas of a multiple skin sarcoma of the face; two years later he produced erysipelas by putting a patient with a large inoperable sarcoma of the neck in bed in the immediate vicinity of a case of erysipelas, and marked temporary improvement followed. Fehleisen; the discoverer of the streptococcus of erysipelas, inoculated a number of cases of carcinoma and sarcoma by means of scarification and saw temporary improvement in them all.

Recently Caley (American Journal of the Medical Sciences, May, 1893) reports ten original cases of malignant tumors treated by repeated inoculations with erysipelas. From a study of the literature of this subject it

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