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To the Editor:
—It is time to discard the old fashioned and misleading terms of benign or benignant in speaking of neoplasms. The word nonmalignant or, possibly, innocent could well be substituted.An abnormal growth may be innocent or nonmalignant at a certain stage of its presence; but it is the modern tendency to regard all new growths as possibly malignant until they have been removed and histologically proved otherwise.In any case, an expression describing a morbid condition as "of good influence" should not be permitted in scientific English.
Lilienthal H. BENIGN OR NONMALIGNANT TUMORS. JAMA. 1926;87(12):959. doi:10.1001/jama.1926.02680120069031