IN RECENT years surgeons have debated the proper treatment for cancers in that part of the terminal colon variously described as "rectosigmoid," "upper rectum," or "lower sigmoid." The controversy is still unsettled. The literature is replete with reports of studies done on cadavers and on surgical patients. Much time and effort have been expended in surveying the mode of spread of these cancers. Occasionally the reader is confused because evidence developed in the attempt to prove one part of the controversy will later be used by another authority in the attempt to prove what might appear to be just the opposite. At present most surgeons have decided the question for themselves; they have continued to apply surgical procedures that they think best in their own hands and have abandoned certain other procedures which they think have not proved adequate. One wonders occasionally whether some of this reasoning is based on
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