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August 2, 1924


JAMA. 1924;83(5):371-373. doi:10.1001/jama.1924.02660050057020

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Ions of Metals in Relation to Neoplasms  Among the numerous researches undertaken in connection with the anticancer crusade, a series of studies by Slosse and Reding, a preliminary report of which has just been communicated to the Royal Academy of Medicine, presents unusual results. According to the belief of these investigators, the mineral content of the tissues of the human organism is of exceedingly great importance; in fact, it is, in a sense, the regulator of all life; it is, indeed, the substratum or underlying principle of life. It is doubtless the state of balance or the equilibrium of the ions of metals that determines the character of cellular life and directs it in definite paths. It seems furthermore well established that the potassium, calcium, zinc, phosphorus and iron content of the ash of a tumor is characteristic of a given tissue, so that it is possible to speak of

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