Cancer and Its Non-Surgical Treatment

Cancer and Its Non-Surgical Treatment

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1921 edition. Excerpt: ...lengthened more and more, by the observation of many cases where the disease has recurred even long afterwards, and reliable observers are now very chary in expressing an opinion as to the final cure of cancer; and some surgeons, as Deaver, already quoted, say: "We still do nothing to cure it." Finally, the optimism of the reporter seems often to have something to do with the reliability of surgical statistics. This need hardly be discussed. The older and more experienced the surgeon, the less confident he is of having actually cured cancer with the knife. At a discussion on cancer in the New York Academy of Medicine some years ago, Dr. Robert F. Weir of New York, said that the late Dr. Agnew, a celebrated surgeon of Philadelphia, had remarked just before his death that he doubted if he had ever been justified in an operation upon cancer, and he, Dr. Weir, stated that he could almost say the same. At a recent meeting of a County Medical Association in a neighboring city, a very prominent surgeon, 60 years old, operating over a wide district, said: "Mr. President and Gentlemen: I have done with operations on cancer, and hope that no one will ever ask me again to operate on that disease. I do not know if I have ever done enough good to warrant the operation." A very prominent anesthetist, who has had a very great deal to do with operations on cancer, remarked to me recently that he was struck with the unfortunate results of operations on the disease. Although there are still occasional records of cancer operations reported as successful, there is seldom mention of observation long enough to determine if the disease was eradicated. Turning now to the actual statistics of operative surgery on cancer, we will find that...
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  • Paperback | 156 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 8mm | 290g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236981081
  • 9781236981080