Lectures on Tumours; Delivered at the Royal College of Surgeons of England

Lectures on Tumours; Delivered at the Royal College of Surgeons of England

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1853 edition. Excerpt: ...hard cancer of the breast were respectively 40, 44, 48, and 52 years old at the discovery of the disease. t The difference in the proportions of M. Lebert's cases and in mine is probably due to my having reckoned as hereditary three patients with hnrd cancer can be reckoned as having hereditary tendency thereto. And it does not appear that such a tendency, even where it exists, leads to an unusually early manifestation of the disease; for the mean age of the hereditary cases which I have collected is very nearly the same as that of the others; namely, about 48 years. The occurrence of hard cancer in many members of a family cannot, then, be deemed frequent; yet, when it is observed, it is often too striking to leave any doubt about the reality of an hereditary tendency to the disease. (d) So, with regard to the effects of injury and previous disease, I find that, among 91 patients, only 16, i. e. less than one-sixth, ascribed the hard cancer to injury or any such local cause. The proportion is so small (it is less even than that of the patients with other tumours, who ascribe them to the same cause), that we might be disposed to deny the influence of injury altogether, if its consequences were not, in a few cases, so manifest and speedy. (e) I pass by some other conditions supposed to be favourable to the occurrence of scirrhous cancers; such as mental distress, particular occupations and temperaments. Concerning all these, the numerical evidence at present gained is insufficient to justify any conclusions. But, respecting one point much discussed, namely, the general health of women at the time when hard cancer is first found in them, I would observe that a remarkable majority present the appearance of good health. I find that in 91 cases...
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  • 189 x 246 x 10mm | 349g
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  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
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  • 1236541863
  • 9781236541864