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February 20, 1932

Theorie und Praxis der Krebskrankheit.

JAMA. 1932;98(8):665. doi:10.1001/jama.1932.02730340073035

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In the first part of the book the author discusses the incidence of cancer and its social aspects. Some statistics indicate an increase in incidence. An increased predisposition of certain organs to malignant disease is noted. The increased frequency of lung cancer is especially noteworthy. There follows a brief summary of the principal theories of the causation of cancer. Efforts in cancer control in Germany are directed toward the building of diagnostic centers rather than extensive education of the public as undertaken in America. The preventable cancers are enumerated and discussed. The failure to evolve a specific serodiagnostic test for the present leaves the diagnosis of cancer in the realm of microscopic pathology. The general principles of preoperative and postoperative radiation are briefly mentioned. The second part of the book deals with the symptomatology, diagnosis and treatment of the principal forms of cancer affecting various organs. The choice between surgery