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November 5, 1910

ETIOLOGY OF CANCER OF THE SKIN

JAMA. 1910;55(19):1607-1611. doi:10.1001/jama.1910.04330190003002
Abstract

In the following brief report on cancer of the skin I shall limit myself to a consideration of the epithelial forms of cancer. Even here I shall not be able to go into any detailed discussion and I must ask for indulgence in case I should express my opinions on certain questions without being able to give the data on the basis of which such opinion has been formed.

The etiology of cancer of the skin is, of course, on the whole not different from the etiology of cancer in other parts of the body, and the same principles underlie the formation of cancer in various organs. Cancer of the skin differs from cancer in other parts of the body inasmuch as the pathologic changes taking place in the skin are so much more accessible to direct observation. The clinicians have taken advantage of this circumstance, and to the clinicians

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