The surgical treatment of cancer of the stomach compares favorably in results with the treatment of cancer of any other organ in the human body. When it is taken into consideration that nearly one-third of all cancers occur in the stomach and that their early discovery is a necessary factor in the cure of the disease, the necessity for a clear conception of the value of the various signs and symptoms is at once manifest.
With the hope of obtaining some definite information on these important points, an investigation was made in our clinic of the histories of a thousand patients submitted to operation for cancer of the stomach. These operations were performed between Jan. 1, 1894, and Dec. 31, 1912. For purposes of study they have been classified as follows: resections, 378; palliative operations, 246; explorations, 376.
The diagnosis of cancer of the stomach cannot often be made early