September 1934

The Spread of Tumors in the Human Body.

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By Rupert A. Willis. Monographs of the Baker Institute of Medical Research. Number 2. Price, 25 shillings. Pp. 540. London: J. & A. Churchill, 1934.

Arch Intern Med (Chic). 1934;54(3):482. doi:10.1001/archinte.1934.00160150169013

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Dr. Willis receives the reviewer's enthusiastic praise for having produced a truly monumental work. Every physician has been intrigued by the natural history of the growth of tumors and has realized, more or less vaguely, that there are laws which govern the mode of spread of various neoplasms in the human body. But while most are familiar with the cruder facts, such as the frequency of metastasis to bone from cancer of the breast or prostate and the infrequency of deposits in bone from cancer of the stomach, no accurate source of information has been available on the more intimate details of these matters. The author leaves no nook or cranny of the subject unexplored; indeed, one admires his penetrating curiosity almost as much as the results of the researches. Furthermore, this monograph serves as an example of scholarly methods. Every statement is documented, and there is a bibliography of

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