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JAMA 100 Years Ago
May 6, 1998


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Edited by Brian P. Pace, MA, Assistant Editor.

JAMA. 1998;279(17):1324B. doi:10.1001/jama.279.17.1324

The cause of cancerous disease is one of the questions that has been most actively discussed for a number of years past, and that still remains without a perfectly satisfactory solution. The general medical opinion is possibly inclined to be uncertain between a provisional theory that it is a reversional tissue degeneration and one that is of parasitic or infectious origin. The latter has had the strongest advocacy of late years in one form or another and suspicion that it may be correct, is at present, it may be, predominant.