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May 31, 1924

L'état actuel du problème du cancer.

JAMA. 1924;82(22):1804. doi:10.1001/jama.1924.02650480060044

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These two books deal with cancer in a semipopular manner. Roussy's book merits much praise; it will be read with profit, not only by physicians, biologists and public health officials, but also by all intelligent persons who wish to have a safe and solid general knowledge of cancer. In only one particular does this book fall short: in the rather superficial discussion of heredity in cancer it is not mentioned at all that hereditary influences operate in opposite directions, namely, in breeding in cancer and in breeding out cancer, and the breeding out quality is the dominating. Duroux's book must be condemned because it overemphasizes the rôle of syphilis in cancer. According to Duroux, heredity in cancer simply means congenital syphilis and requires iodids. He also holds that the origin of cancer is due to a spirillar infection.

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