Cancer pp 145-161 | Cite as

Natural History of Some Tumor Viruses

  • R. Süss
  • V. Kinzel
  • J. D. Scribner
Part of the Springer Study Edition book series (SSE)

Abstract

“Cancer is not an infectious disease.” Hundreds of years of experience by surgeons and pathologists had graven this sentence in stone; precautionary measures had never been taken in handling tumor material, and had never proved to be necessary. The cancer ward is not an isolation ward. It must have seemed a ridiculous idea to propose in all seriousness that viruses can occasionally cause cancer. Viruses are responsible for smallpox and influenza epidemics, but what should they have to do with stomach carcinomas and lung cancer?

Keywords

Agar Lymphoma Leukemia Influenza Sarcoma 

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© Springer-Verlag New York Inc. 1973

Authors and Affiliations

  • R. Süss
    • 1
  • V. Kinzel
    • 1
  • J. D. Scribner
    • 2
  1. 1.Experimental PathologyGerman Cancer Research CenterHeidelbergGermany
  2. 2.Chemical CarcinogenesisPacific Northwest Research FoundationSeattleUSA

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