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 staff of the ecu association for study on remedy of melanoma, to be held in Amsterdam on April 27-29, 1983, used to be the main intent for penning this publication. It was once feh brief assessment of the most pathogenetic conceptions and healing ideas that have awarded themselves in regards to mammary melanoma during Western heritage , can assist to attract a extra entire photograph of the place we stand at the present time. it's not effortless to choose which rules, even though discarded, deserve but to be remembered and which authors from the previous can be thought of to be really consultant of the clinical weather in their age. Twenty centuries have produced an excessive amount of rules and the variety of scientific authors who complex, or rejected, or transformed, or revived them, is admittedly uncountable. So the historian has to make a selec­ tion and offerings are perforce subjective and open to feedback. In scripting this booklet i attempted to refer to unique assets within the unique language up to attainable. those assets weren't continually strictly clinical considering that I aimed toward putting the matter of malignant breast ailment - which would function a paradigm of melanoma generally - in a just a little wider context. For the heritage of drugs is not just a heritage of rules, but additionally that of individuals, of associations, of society.

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97 In Petit's opinion, however, glandular swellings in the armpit were only a confirrnation of the lymphatic origin of cancer. ll5 The possibility of liver involvement was not yet appreciated in the eighteenth century, although 'intestinal' dissemination was occasionally reported. In 1769 and 1787, respectively, admirable anatomical studies on the lymphatics were published by William Hewson (1739-74) in London, a former pupil of Alexander Momo and John Hunter ll6 and by Paolo Mascagni (1752-1815), professor of anatomy at Siena 117 (Fig.

According to the Encyc/opedie, broths prepared from chicken, frogs, or toads were useful to clear the blood of cancer virus. lOS Opium was given against pain. Amongst medicines administered o rally , the juice of deadly hemlock (conium maculatum) and deadly nightshade (atropa belladonna) aroused great hopes for a while.

97 Others, for example le Cat,80 were satisfied with a vague notion of 'transplantation' or frankly admitted that they were unable to explain the connection. The importance attached at the time to the cessation of menstruation is also illustrated by the common advice to correct any irregular menstruation, by appropriate diets and drugs, when treating young cancer patients. A causal connection was also widely believed to exist between haemorrhoids and mammary cancer, in that women who had suffered for a long time from bleeding piles - apparently a common ailment at that time - were also exposed to the danger of malignancy once bleeding had ceased, particularly if the blood had been dark.

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