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March 5, 1904


JAMA. 1904;XLII(10):650-651. doi:10.1001/jama.1904.02490550024004

Cancer is a subject that requires the utilization of every possible source of knowledge for the solution of its problems. It is fortunate that it is a disorder not confined to our species, but that in many ways it can be studied to advantage in the lower animals. This probably has been too little recognized in the past, but its fundamental significance was early seen by the workers in the British Cancer Research Fund. In an important paper recently published,1 the general superintendent and director of the cancer research laboratory, Dr. E. F. Bashford, with the co-operation of Dr. J. A. Murray, reports the results of the investigations during the past year. They find that cancer growths are by no means infrequent in almost all orders of vertebrates, and in their general features are the same in all, notwithstanding the great diversity of conditions and environment. The very large

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