JOHN E. ULTMANN, M.D., F.A.C.P.
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To the editor: The article by R. E. Johnson, "Is Staging Laparotomy Routinely Indicated in Hodgkin's Disease?" (Ann Intern Med 75:459-462, 1971), deserves comment. I shall address myself only to the three conclusions of the article.
1. "The surgical findings have not yet been shown adequately reliable to determine the need for prophylactic abdominal irradiation. . . ." This conclusion is not based on Johnson's experience with laparotomy, since his group has not used this procedure routinely. If the conclusion is based on the extension rate in his group of patients not receiving prophylactic irradiation, it reflects only on the
ULTMANN JE. Hodgkin's Disease: Laparotomy or Not?. Ann Intern Med. ;76:330–331. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-76-2-330
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1972;76(2):330-331.
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