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November 23, 1889

THE CLINIC.

JAMA. 1889;XIII(21):738-743. doi:10.1001/jama.1889.02401170016002

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Abstract

A STUDY OF THE LOCATIONS OF 7881 PRIMARY CARCINOMATA AS ILLUSTRATING THE PROBABILITY OF A CANCEROUS MICROBE.  BY EDMUND ANDREWS, M.D., LL.D., PROFESSOR OF CLINICAL SURGERY IN CHICAGO MEDICAL COLLEGE AND IN MERCY HOSPITAL, CHICAGO.[Reported for The Journal.]

Gentlemen:  —It is not yet histologically proved that there is a cancer microbe. Prof. H. A. Johnson of this city, observed objects some years ago which he thought might be of this nature, and more recently Thomas, of Dorpat, and Scheurlein, of Berlin, have each discovered organisms which made a similar impression on their minds, but the final proof of their surmises is not yet forthcoming. To-day I wish to call your attention to some important clinical facts bearing on this subject which render a cancerous microbe a probability and, therefore, a proper object for search. True, these facts do not positively prove the conclusion, but they point so strongly toward

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