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March 25, 1893


JAMA. 1893;XX(12):341-343. doi:10.1001/jama.1893.02420390023003

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It is a very difficut task to give a résumé of the questions relating to the parasitic theory of carcinoma in the limits of an ordinary journal article. This is the case on account of the large amount of literature which has accumulated on the subject in a very short time—a literature to which each week brings important additions. Then too, the number of contending theories of the etiology of cancer, and the diversity of opinion among the various contributors, make it a difficult task to do them all justice. To be an impartial summary, however, a résumé must give a fair statement of each of the several views entertained by the different authorities. It must not be a one sided statement of the case, no matter what may be the individual bias of the reviewer.

At the eighty-seventh annual meeting of the Medical Society of the State of New

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