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September 1940

Letters à un jeune praticien, sur les maladies de l'anus et due rectum.

Arch Intern Med (Chic). 1940;66(3):781-782. doi:10.1001/archinte.1940.00190150252019

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The author has had approximately twenty years' experience in the Surgical Clinic of Salpêtrière as a consultant for diseases of the anus and rectum. Personal impressions gained from such clinical experience have been incorporated in this volume.

The importance of the examination of the anus and of the rectum is discussed, with the instruments used and the technic. He believes such an examination is indispensable in certain cases. The discussion of carcinoma of the rectum reveals an attitude of pessimism as to the general prognosis of such a condition. Surgical intervention is mentioned as the only curative form of treatment available. The beneficial effect of radium is mentioned. This phase of the subject is probably not in accordance with certain incorrect views in this country. He correctly emphasizes that roentgen and radium therapy are important methods in the management of carcinoma of the rectum and anus in certain cases.


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