Since "35 per cent, of all visceral carcinomata are found in the stomach,"1 and since surgeons believe that if this disease is recognized early many lives can be saved or prolonged, it behooves us to bring to our aid every means that will assist in making the diagnosis.
From time to time new methods have been added, each claiming superiority over the others and giving us a sense of exactness and certainty. As time passes, the results of each new method are found to have so many exceptions or possible errors that we are likely to go to the other extreme and cast each aside as useless, to grasp at something new. This may also be the fate of this latest and, apparently, most valuable and exact means at our command. I can already see many possible errors, and, unless the work is done thoroughly and most carefully and