It is well to be reminded, as one is by Dr. Howard Kelly,1 of the aids to surgical intervention that science has given in the course of a single lifetime. When the imperative demand came for the covering of defects and the replacement of lost surface tissues, the surgeons of this generation turned to the pages that tell of the work of Szymanowsky, who had done everything, it seemed. But when he lived there was no local anesthesia. Similarly, there has been discovered recently the possibility of removing surface cancers by electric coagulation and excision, the importance of which has been emphasized in these reviews. Whereas the knife leaves the surrounding tissues exposed to infiltration, the electric knife covers them with an impenetrable film; besides, there is no blood to act as carrying agent. One can watch the film for evidence of possible recurrence through failure to eliminate
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