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A History of Lung CancerLung Cancer and Consumption in the Nineteenth Century: Bodies, Tissues, Cells and the Making of a Rare Disease

A History of Lung Cancer: Lung Cancer and Consumption in the Nineteenth Century: Bodies, Tissues,... [In 1912, the New York physician Isaac Adler, Professor Emeritus at the New York Polyclinic, Consulting Physician to the German, Beth-Israel, Har Moriah, and Peoples Hospitals, and to the Montefiore Home and Hospital, published what was probably the first monograph in English wholly dedicated to lung cancer. Primary Malignant Growths of the Lungs and Bronchi was based on a collection of individual cases described in the medical literature.1 Adler extracted from this set of 374 cases the features that he believed to be characteristic of the disease, comparing them with experiences he accumulated in his own practice. The number may seem large for a compilation of case reports (the lengthy appendix to the book consists of a rather unwieldy set of tables listing every individual case), but it is small considering that this was the total number of reports Adler found in the medical literature published up to this point, not only in English but also in French and German, many of them as he put it, ‘buried in dissertations and other out-of-the-way places’.2 Roughly 15 years before the publication of Adler’s book, Hans Pässler, a pathologist in the Silesian city of Breslau, had found only 70 cases that he thought could reliably be viewed as primary lung cancer.3 With numbers so small, it was not surprising that many thought lung cancer was an extremely rare affliction.] http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png

A History of Lung CancerLung Cancer and Consumption in the Nineteenth Century: Bodies, Tissues, Cells and the Making of a Rare Disease

Springer Journals — Nov 14, 2015

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Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright
© Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited 2014
ISBN
978-1-349-54187-4
Pages
11 –33
DOI
10.1057/9781137384232_2
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Abstract

[In 1912, the New York physician Isaac Adler, Professor Emeritus at the New York Polyclinic, Consulting Physician to the German, Beth-Israel, Har Moriah, and Peoples Hospitals, and to the Montefiore Home and Hospital, published what was probably the first monograph in English wholly dedicated to lung cancer. Primary Malignant Growths of the Lungs and Bronchi was based on a collection of individual cases described in the medical literature.1 Adler extracted from this set of 374 cases the features that he believed to be characteristic of the disease, comparing them with experiences he accumulated in his own practice. The number may seem large for a compilation of case reports (the lengthy appendix to the book consists of a rather unwieldy set of tables listing every individual case), but it is small considering that this was the total number of reports Adler found in the medical literature published up to this point, not only in English but also in French and German, many of them as he put it, ‘buried in dissertations and other out-of-the-way places’.2 Roughly 15 years before the publication of Adler’s book, Hans Pässler, a pathologist in the Silesian city of Breslau, had found only 70 cases that he thought could reliably be viewed as primary lung cancer.3 With numbers so small, it was not surprising that many thought lung cancer was an extremely rare affliction.]

Published: Nov 14, 2015

Keywords: Lung Cancer; Nineteenth Century; Pathological Anatomy; Lung Cancer Case; Diagnose Lung Cancer

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