Medicine: The Nonessential Stomach

A human being can live—after a fashion —minus his stomach, his pancreas and half his liver. How much can he lose and still survive? A noted cancer surgeon last week offered some startling new data on that old question.

Dr. Alexander Brunschwig, of the University of Chicago, specializes in operating on cancer patients given up as inoperable by other surgeons. His drastic operations, he admits, rarely cure, but they usually make the patient more comfortable, often prolong life for years. In a clinical report published last week (Radical Surgery in Advanced Abdominal Cancer; University of Chicago Press; $7.50), Dr. Brunschwig described "the...

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