No pathognomonic symptoms are invariably present in gastric carcinoma the recognition of which permits the early diagnosis of the disease. Often one witnesses the tragedy of a patient presenting himself for the first time with all of the evidences of a lesion which has progressed to a state of inoperability. In some cases, there were no warning symptoms of the disease; in others, the patient procrastinated because he attributed no importance to symptoms that might have served as the clue for an early diagnosis.
Much can be done toward remedying this situation by the systematic education of the laity, as is being done through the efforts of Dr. Blood-good and of others who in lectures and through the press are cautioning the public against tolerating heedlessly the early and insidious manifestations of gastro-intestinal disease, especially of that occurring in persons past the age of 40. Needless to say, a responsive
RIVERS AB, DRY TJ. DIFFERENTIATION OF BENIGN AND MALIGNANT GASTRIC ULCERS: UNRELIABILITY OF DIAGNOSTIC CRITERIA. Arch Surg. 1935;30(4):702–715. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1935.01180100148015
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