A short history of breast cancer

  • Daniel De Moulin

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XIII
  2. Daniel De Moulin
    Pages 1-9
  3. Daniel De Moulin
    Pages 10-16
  4. Daniel De Moulin
    Pages 17-30
  5. Daniel De Moulin
    Pages 51-65
  6. Daniel De Moulin
    Pages 88-104
  7. Daniel De Moulin
    Pages 105-107
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 109-124

About this book


The Third Breast Cancer Working Conference of the Breast Cancer Cooperative Group of the European Organization for Research on Treatment of Cancer, to be held in Amsterdam on April 27-29, 1983, was the principle motive for writing this book. It was feh that a short review of the main pathogenetic conceptions and therapeutic principles which have presented themselves with regard to mammary cancer in the Course of Western history , might help to draw a more complete picture of where we stand today. It is not easy to decide which ideas, although discarded, deserve yet to be remembered and which authors from the past may be considered to be truly representative of the scientific climate of their age. Twenty centuries have produced quite a lot of ideas and the number of medical authors who advanced, or rejected, or modified, or revived them, is really uncountable. So the historian has to make a selec­ tion and choices are perforce subjective and open to criticism. In writing this book I tried to consult original sources in the original language as much as possible. These sources were not always strictly medical since I aimed at placing the problem of malignant breast disease - which might serve as a paradigm of cancer in general - in a somewhat wider context. For the history of medicine is not only a history of ideas, but also that of people, of institutions, of society.


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Authors and affiliations

  • Daniel De Moulin
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute of the History of MedicineCatholic UniversityNijmegenThe Netherlands

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1983
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-94-017-0603-2
  • Online ISBN 978-94-017-0601-8
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