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Archives a Century Ago
Sep 2012

Editorial: Cancer in Plants

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SECTION EDITOR: MARK BERNHARDT, MD

Arch Dermatol. 2012;148(9):989. doi:10.1001/archdermatol.2012.1192

THE JOURNAL OF CUTANEOUS DISEASESVOL. XXX SEPTEMBER, 1912 NO. 9

THE striking external resemblance of the various excrescences appearing on plants to human tumors has frequently been commented upon and a possible relationship between abnormal growths in animals and plants often suggested. It is only recently, however, that the plant pathologist has succeeded in showing the existence of conditions in the vegetable kingdom which were any more than analogous to those of true human cancer. Thanks to the investigations of Erwin F. Smith and others, we now have at least one plant disease which produces a growth practically the same as that found in animal tumors.

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