Historians have noted the growth in visibility of cancer over the past
150 years, by which they mean both the rising incidence and mortality associated
with the disease in Western nations and the prominence of cancer in areas
such as health care institutions, medical research, and media coverage. With
his newly published Oncology: Tumors and Treatment—A
Photographic History, physician and photograph collector Stanley B.
Burns has contributed further to this visibility, giving us a window into
the recent past of cancer history.
Burstein HJ. Tumors, History. JAMA. 2004;292(20):2521–2522. doi:10.1001/jama.292.20.2521