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May 7, 1898

THE ETIOLOGY OF CANCER.

JAMA. 1898;XXX(19):1119. doi:10.1001/jama.1898.02440710051005

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Abstract

The cause of cancerous disease is one of the questions that has been most actively discussed for a number of years past, and that still remains without a perfectly satisfactory solution. The general medical opinion is possibly inclined to be uncertain between a provisional theory that it is a reversional tissue degeneration and one that is of parasitic or infectious origin. The latter has had the strongest advocacy of late years in one form or another and suspicion that it may be correct, is at present, it may be, predominant.

The latest contribution to the subject is that of Dr. Roswell Park in the May issue of the American Journal of Medical Sciences, and like other articles from his pen, it is interesting and suggestive. According to him, in order to attack successfully this problem of the origin of cancer, " pathologists of the future must begin by studying tumor formation

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