Historical Background

  • Bruce S. Schoenberg
Part of the Recent Results in Cancer Research / Fortschritte der Krebsforschung / Progrès dans les recherches sur le cancer book series (RECENTCANCER, volume 58)


In 1802, as members of the Society for Investigating the Nature and Cure of Cancer, a group of eight physicians and surgeons formulated a list of 13 questions to serve as a basis of further inquiry into the nature of malignant neoplasms (SCHOENBERG, 1975). One of these 13 queries addressed.the issue of whether “... the existence of cancer in one part afford(s) a presumption that there is a tendency to a similar morbid alteration in other parts of the animal system.” Their question was followed by reference to several anecdotal accounts of cancer involving both the breast and uterus (MEDICAL COMMITTEE OF THE SOCIETY FOR INVESTIGATING THE NATURE AND CURE OF CANCER, 1806).


Skin Cancer Primary Cancer Genital Organ Autopsy Series Uterine Corpus 
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© Springer-Verlag Berlin · Heidelberg 1977

Authors and Affiliations

  • Bruce S. Schoenberg
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    • 2
    • 3
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of Medical Statistics and Epidemiology and Department of NeurologyMayo ClinicRochesterUSA
  2. 2.National Cancer InstituteUSA
  3. 3.Department of Epidemiology and Public HealthYale University School of MedicineUSA
  4. 4.Department of NeurologyGeorgetown University School of MedicineUSA

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