HARVEY WOLINSKY, M.D., PH.D.
To the Editor: The article by Weiss, Cooper, and Boucot entitled "Operative Mortality and 5-year Survival Rates in Men with Bronchogenic Carcinoma" (Ann. Intern. Med. 71: 59, 1969) contains several disturbing implicatons and conclusions. To start with, the high rate of exploration without resection (37%) and the extremely high percentage of all patients with cancer who underwent surgery (421 out of 629, or 67%) indicate that the staffs of the hospitals included in this study have an unusually aggressive approach toward this disease. True, the patient population could be an unusually favorable one for surgery, but alas, the miniscule Methods
WOLINSKY H. LUNG CANCER AND SURGERY. Ann Intern Med. 1969;71:1026–1028. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-71-5-1026
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