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September 14, 1907

The Essential Similarity of Innocent and Malignant Tumors. A Study of Tumor Growth.

JAMA. 1907;XLIX(11):955. doi:10.1001/jama.1907.02530110067017

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This monograph is devoted to a description of specimens and cases illustrating the fact that there is no sharp line separating malignant from benign tumors. Much valuable information bearing on this point is collected in this book from the author's experience with museum collections. It is illustrated by numerous photographs, some of which are good. Why writers will waste money and good white paper publishing photomicrographs which show, at least in the reproductions, nothing but a mass of blurred splotches which mean nothing or next to nothing, even to a trained pathologist, has always been an irritating incomprehensibility to the reviewer! There are numerous citations from the literature which illustrate various features of the relationship between benign and malignant growths, but no comprehensive bibliography has been accumulated. The author's conclusion that innocent and malignant tumors are similar to one another in their nature and mode of growth will find few

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