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Not only immunization against tuberculosis but also the subject of experimental cancer research were discussed, this year, at the Vienna session of the Deutsche Vereinigung für Mikrobiologie and also at the Danzig meeting of the Deutsche Pathologische Gesellschaft. At the meeting of the Deutsche Pathologische Gesellschaft, the theme was treated by Professor Borst (Munich), Professor Schmieden (Frankfort-on-the-Main), and Professor Teutschländer (Heidelberg), the wording of the topic being "infection, parasitism and growth formation." All three speakers expressed the belief that there is no adequate evidence that a transmissible parasite is the causative agent for malignant tumors in man. Professor Borst leaned toward the view that tumors are manifestations of excess growth and are made up of the tissues of the body of the bearer. There are various reasons for rejecting the assumption of a parasitic nature. A large proportionof parasites manifest an affinity for certain tissues and organs, whereas
BERLIN. JAMA. 1927;89(11):897. doi:10.1001/jama.1927.02690110061029
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