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June 19, 1926

Tumors of the Colon and Rectum: Their Pathology, Diagnosis and Treatment.

JAMA. 1926;86(25):1933. doi:10.1001/jama.1926.02670510055038

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This is a monograph de luxe, a tale built about beautiful illustrations, for about one fifth of the pages are solely illustrations, really plates, many in colors, making the work quite like an atlas. And with these there are many other fine illustrations. There is a great similarity between the gross and microscopic appearance of some of the different tumors illustrated, more, of course, in their histology, for they are uniformly cylindric-cell carcinomas, called by the authors adenocarcinomas, and for much of this repetition there is no valid excuse. It may occur, indeed, that in the course of time the use of "malignancy" for malignant tumor will conform to the best usage. Its employment, as indicated, is prevalent. But the conception of malignancy includes many characteristics, such as rapid growth, the production of a cachexia, recurrence and metastasis; and to refer to a "malignancy of the descending colon," or of

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