The treatment of cutaneous cancer has been one of the most serious and difficult problems with which the profession has had to deal. The remedies, which at one time have been highly extolled, at another, severely condemned, are exceedingly varied in nature and innumerable in number. Two remedies which are received with much favor to-day, zinc chlorid and white arsenic, have been extensively used, the one for scores of years, the other for centuries. The use of these two remedies, in the hands of certain specialists, was attended, at least in selected cases, by eminently successful results; in others there was absolute failure, if not death of the patient.
Caustics were much in vogue in the treatment of cancer, until the recent advances in surgery were made possible by the introduction of antisepsis and anesthesia. Since then the knife has been freely employed, and its use was gladly welcomed, with
HEIDINGSFELD ML. THE TREATMENT OF CUTANEOUS CANCER. JAMA. 1901;XXXVII(2):99–104. doi:10.1001/jama.1901.62470280023002f
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