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November 1961

Carcinoma of the Stomach at Hartford Hospital

Author Affiliations

From the Hartford Hospital.

Arch Surg. 1961;83(5):762-766. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1961.01300170118023

Most reports in the medical literature on carcinoma of the stomach emanate from institutions which, by their inherent nature, lend an element of selectivity to the statistics. For example, in a few clinics the surgery is done by a small group of uniformly welltrained surgeons; in some the patients have been screened elsewhere and referred for surgery; and in others the patients are received only after the diagnosis of cancer has been made, which is late in the game for this disease. Hartford Hospital, a general, voluntary, nonprofit institution, takes all comers, however, and subjects them to treatment by surgeons of widely varying backgrounds, one-third of whom are surgical residents in training. For this reason the fate of the patient with carcinoma of the stomach at Hartford Hospital should more nearly approach that of similar patients throughout the United States. The purpose of this study, therefore, is to present the