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June 24, 1899


JAMA. 1899;XXXII(25):1453. doi:10.1001/jama.1899.02450520051013

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The discussion as to the value of ovariotomy, with or without thyroid feeding, in cancer of the breast is still proceeding vigorously in England. Dr. Hermann, of the London Hospital, thinks highly of the combined method and reports some excellent results, but Stanley Boyd, who was one of the earliest, if not the first to advocate the operation, is less enthusiastic. He sums up the results to date as entirely negative, so far as cure is concerned; out of some twenty cases seven were temporarily improved, and in three of these the cancer disappeared entirely, for nine, twenty-five and thirty months, respectively, but ultimately recurred and proved fatal in all. Even this amount of improvement is encouraging, especially as many of these cases were in an advanced stage, but the results of the operation seem to be simply due to its effect on the blood-supply and nutrition of the gland,

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