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The Diagnosis and Management of Malignant Melanoma

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The first published account of a patient with melanoma — a secondary deposit with no known primary — was reported by John Hunter in 1787, although Hunter never described the disease as such. The original specimen is preserved in the Hunterian Museum of the Royal College of Surgeons of England. In 1820, William Norris, of Stourbridge, England, described the first case of melanoma in the English literature1. It was of a patient who died of disseminated melanoma. Norris was a pioneer in the understanding of melanoma2. Among other things, he was the first to report local recurrence following minimal excision; the first to advocate wide excision of the tumour and surrounding tissues; the first to note that neither medical nor surgical treatment was effective when the disease was widely disseminated; and the first to record melanoma in a family. Sir Jonathan Hutchinson described subungual melanoma in 1857 and later illustrated in 1892 and 1894 a series of cases, to which the title “Hutchinson’s Melanotic Freckle” was applied. Sampson Handley, in 1907, advocated wide local excision and regional node dissection on the basis of an autopsy of a single patient with a very advanced melanoma.

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  • Cutaneous Melanoma
  • Primary Melanoma
  • Tumour Thickness
  • Pigment Lesion
  • Primary Cutaneous Malignant Melanoma

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Davis, N.C. (1988). The Diagnosis and Management of Malignant Melanoma. In: Verbov, J.L. (eds) Tumours, Lymphomas and Selected Paraproteinaemias. New Clinical Applications, vol 7. Springer, Dordrecht. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-009-2623-3_2

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