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July 1930

THE NATURE OF MELANOMA: REPORT OF A CURED CASE

Author Affiliations

Director, Dermatology and Syphilis, Beth Israel Hospital; Acting Associate Dermatologist, Mount Sinai Hospital; Acting Associate Dermatologist, Montefiore Hospital; Assistant Attending Dermatologist, Bellevue Medical Clinic, New York University; Clinical Assistant, Beth Israel Hospital NEW YORK

Arch Derm Syphilol. 1930;22(1):98-108. doi:10.1001/archderm.1930.01440130108008
Abstract

Those of the medical profession who are in touch with dermatology are aware of the grave prognosis associated with melanoma. The literature pertaining to that subject reveals that writers agree in emphasizing the enormous mortality. Melanoma is one of the most malignant of all the neoplasms.

So treacherous can this condition prove that when the patient, the history of whose case is herein given, applied for treatment it was deemed best not to remove a piece of the morbid tissue for a study of its pathology. Biopsy, which might have been performed by means of endothermy, was also rejected as unwise because of the fear that general dissemination and metastasis would follow, as the growth had been frequently manipulated and was increasing in size rapidly. Instead, the decision was made to destroy the growth at once in its entirety.

The history in this case and the clinical observations fully justified

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