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On cancer of the breast


On cancer of the breast

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    Thomas William Nunn
Excerpt from book: 1873, confined at full period: June, 1874, lactation ceased : Oct. 1874, a lump in the breast discovered : Abscess diagnosed and accordingly the necessary steps were taken, followed by speedy convalescence. Prognosis.—One cannot too highly estimate the importance of the subject of prognosis, seeing that a marked failure of the justification by events of the prognosis given, reacts most injuriously on the patient's morale, and saps the confidence in medical science, creating a distrust which precipitates the sufferer into the hands of unscrupulous professors of curing the incurable. The duration of the disease, or rather of life in cancer, may vary from months to years. The almost inevitably fatal termination of cases apparently similar is sometimes early, and sometimes long deferred. The patient may die within the year from the discovery of the nodule in the breast, or may survive from ten to twenty years. Prognosis is therefore especially difficult. The prognosis on first seeing the patient, should necessarily be cautious. It is, however, during the progress of the case that symptoms may appear which are likely to mislead. I detailed in a paper read before the Clinical Society, 1872, the case of A. F., who had been under my care in one of the cancer wards of the Middlesex Hospital. She was admitted (having been an out-patient since July, 1868) in June, 1870. By the middle of July the patient could neither raise herself nor turn in bed: in October there was paralysis of both legs: in July, 1871, she had extensive pleuro-pneumonia of the left lung: but by July, 1872, the patient had so far recovered as to be able to walk across the ward, and she lived until August, 1872. The fuller particulars of this case (Case 14), extracted from the " Transactions of the Clinical Societ...  
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  • Health, Fitness Dieting
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