A short history of breast cancer by D. de Moulin

By D. de Moulin

The 3rd Breast melanoma operating convention of the Breast melanoma Cooperative team of the ecu association for study on therapy of melanoma, to be held in Amsterdam on April 27-29, 1983, was once the primary intent for penning this e-book. It used to be feh brief evaluate of the most pathogenetic conceptions and healing ideas that have offered themselves in regards to mammary melanoma during Western background , can assist to attract a extra whole photograph of the place we stand this present day. it's not effortless to come to a decision which rules, even though discarded, deserve but to be remembered and which authors from the previous could be thought of to be actually consultant of the medical weather in their age. Twenty centuries have produced a great deal of principles and the variety of clinical authors who complicated, or rejected, or transformed, or revived them, is basically uncountable. So the historian has to make a selec­ tion and offerings are perforce subjective and open to feedback. In scripting this publication i attempted to refer to unique resources within the unique language up to attainable. those resources weren't regularly strictly scientific for the reason that I geared toward putting the matter of malignant breast disorder - which would function a paradigm of melanoma mostly - in a a little bit wider context. For the heritage of drugs isn't just a heritage of rules, but additionally that of individuals, of associations, of society.

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In both cases, however, he refrained from any comment. In the relevant chapters of Morgagni's book, the present author could find only one reference, and that, merely in a quotation from the literature, to a 'virus' which, by spreading over the sternum, was believed to have caused cancer in the heterolateral breast after amputation of the first breast. 77 The French Encyclopedie carries a vast article under the reference 'metastase'. By that term the anonymous contributor meant, however, the spreading of a disease from the skin to some internal organ or vice versa.

Le Cat, for instance, was against the use of topical medicines at all. 80 In the Age of Enlightenment it became unethical for members of the medical and surgical professions to make use of secret remedies. The public at large, however, valued them as ever before and quacks made a comfortable living by selling nostrums. These often contained arsenic or other traditional ingredients, such as crawfish pounded alive to a pulp-like mass. Quite a new and progressive method of cancer treatment was by electricity, a phenomenon that commanded much interest at the time among scientists and lay public alike.

The ribbs were not putrefied as wee could discerne, not anything within the breast of a cancrous nature, for wee runne the knife withinside the breast through the intercostal muscles. Dr. Needham hath affirmed that a cancer is as much within as without the breast, and hee hath seen astring, as I was told, going from the breast to the uterus. I suppose itt was the mammillarie veins full of knotts which were cancrous, and hung much like ropes of onions. The cancer was astrange one, as was evident; wee wanted spunges and other things convenient, or else wee had opened the cavitie of the breast.

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