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October 1939


Author Affiliations

From the surgical service of Dr. Cohn and from the private practice of Dr. Cohn and Dr. Landy at the Bronx Hospital.

Arch Surg. 1939;39(4):647-666. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1939.01200160137009

Tumors of the small intestine are not medical curiosities, yet it is rare to find more than a paragraph or two devoted to this subject in the average textbook on surgery. A search through the literature reveals that hundreds of cases have been reported, and it is a small hospital that does not have several examples among its records. What, then, is the reason for this relative obscurity? In the first place, tumors of other parts of the gastrointestinal tract occur more frequently; hence they are deserving of primary recognition. Secondly, the diagnosis of tumor of the small intestine is made with difficulty; as a matter of fact, the disease is often first recognized during an operation performed for the relief of a complication. The purpose of this paper will be well served if it results in a proper evaluation of the clinical importance of this group of diseases.