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By D. de Moulin

The 3rd Breast melanoma operating convention of the Breast melanoma Cooperative crew of the eu association for learn on remedy of melanoma, to be held in Amsterdam on April 27-29, 1983, used to be the primary intent for penning this ebook. It was once felt brief evaluation of the most pathogenetic conceptions and healing rules that have provided themselves in regards to mammary melanoma during Western heritage, may help to attract a extra entire photograph of the place we stand this day. it isn't effortless to come to a decision which principles, even supposing discarded, deserve but to be remembered and which authors from the previous might be thought of to be actually consultant of the clinical weather in their age. Twenty centuries have produced an excessive amount of rules and the variety of clinical authors who complicated, or rejected, or converted, or revived them, is actually uncountable. So the historian has to make a selec­ tion and offerings are perforce subjective and open to feedback. In penning this publication i attempted to refer to unique resources within the unique language up to attainable. those resources weren't continuously strictly clinical because I geared toward putting the matter of malignant breast ailment - which would function a paradigm of melanoma mostly - in a a bit wider context. For the background of medication is not just a historical past of principles, but additionally that of individuals, of associations, of society.

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He boasted that his father had extirpated more than two thousand breast cancers in The Hague. 65 Helvetius held the view that cancer begins with a drop of fluid coagulating within a gland. A 'ferment' would be influential in the further expansion of the process. The cause of the primordial coagUlation he held to be in most cases some form of external trauma: a blow, a fall and the like. In an early stage, the lesion could be made to dissolve by means of caustic chemicals; once the tumour had set hard it was better not to 'irritate' it with such remedies since the effect might be quite the opposite.

Townsend, one of his parishioners in Stratford-on-Avon: 72 First they cutt the skin cross and laid itt back, then they workt their hands in ytt, one above and the other below, and so till their hands mett, and so brought itt out. They had their needles and waxt thread ready, but never ust them; and alIso their cauterizing irons, but they used them not: she lost not above six ounces of blood in all. Dr. Needham coming too late, staid next day to see it opened. Hee said itt was a melliceris (a cystic tumour filled with a honey-like substance), and not a perfect cancer; but itt would have been one quickly.

He described malignant growth as 'nerve-like and gland-like parts' which had turned, together with lymph vessels, into an even, cold, homogenous mass in which the original elements are no longer recognizable. It spreads along 'filamens durs', which it sends into the adjoining parts. These solid protrusions are the real 'cancer roots', not the dilated veins of the ancients. 64 This Dutch physician from The Hague, whose real family name was Schweitzer, enjoyed a great reputation in the French capital since he had cured the Dauphin of dysentery by means of ipecacuanha root, recently introduced from Brazil.

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