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November 3, 1917

VITAMINS AND TUMOR GROWTH

JAMA. 1917;LXIX(18):1526. doi:10.1001/jama.1917.02590450046017
Abstract

Tumors in general and cancers in particular are tissues growing under special conditions. A comparison between the laws determining tumor and tissue growth will determine our knowledge of the physiology of tumors as well as of tissues. There exist similarities and analogies in the behavior of both, and there are differences either real or due to a gap in our knowledge. The differences will suggest new problems. These were the statements made by Leo Loeb of St. Louis at a symposium on cancer before the Section of Experimental Medicine of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in New York, last December.1 It has come to be recognized in recent years that normal growth is dependent on a number of nutritive factors, the importance of which is only beginning to be understood. Thus for the purpose of growth a diet may be deficient with respect to both the

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