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April 11, 1931


JAMA. 1931;96(15):1246-1247. doi:10.1001/jama.1931.02720410056024

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Convention of the League Against Cancer  The second convention of the Lega italiana per la lotta contro il cancro was held recently in Bologna. The chairman of the organization committee of the convention was Prof. Giacinto Viola, senator, medical clinician of Bologna. Professor Rondoni of the University of Milan discussed the etiology and treatment of tumors. The problem of malignant tumors is essentially a cellular problem. The neoplastic cell is profoundly modified in all its functional activities in a permanent and irreversible manner. Hence, all recent etiologic conceptions must take account of the fact that the neoplastic cell is itself the cause of the cancer in the sense that the course of the disease, from the clinical point of view, depends properly on the local cellular perversion. The behavior of the cell is characterized either by its lack of altruism toward the remainder of the diseased organism or by the

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