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September 12, 2001

Cancer, HistoryFrom Demons and Evil Spirits to Cancer Genes: The Development of Concepts Concerning the Causes of Cancer and Carcinogenesis

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Harriet S.MeyerMD, Contributing EditorDavid H.MorseMS, Journal Review EditorRobertHoganMD, adviser for new media


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JAMA. 2001;286(10):1237-1238. doi:10.1001/jama.286.10.1237-JBK0912-2-1

"I have studied cancer for most of my life, but I really never quite knew when cancer was first described," writes Professor Patrick J. Fitzgerald, visiting professor of pathology at Cornell University Medical Center and former chairman of pathology at Downstate Medical Center, Brooklyn, NY. In this well researched and clearly written book, Dr Fitzgerald traces historically "the development of concepts concerning the process of carcinogenesis, including the agents believed to have caused cancer in the past."

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