Cancer: An Enigma in Biology and Society by R. Nery DSc, FRSC (auth.)

By R. Nery DSc, FRSC (auth.)

For seen functional purposes the topic of oncology has in­ creasingly been turning into artificially subdivided, e.g. into epidemiology, experimental carcinogenesis, pathology, im­ munology, genetics, or even microbiology. so much extant tre­ atments of the topic are multi-authored, even if they care for only one of those a variety of subdivisions. additionally, the corresponding experts have obvious the melanoma challenge as one in the purview in their personal calling. In nature, even though, the matter is a cohesion: its immunology, biochemistry, genetics, and mobilephone biology, for instance, are heavily interdependent. Con­ sequently, its right appraisal calls for designated exam of the entire significant components, yet with the first objective of a single-minded and for that reason unified survey of the complete. the current paintings is an supplying during this course. it's addressed particularly to all training oncologists, no matter if medical or ex­ perimental, and customarily to all severe scholars of the expansion of oncology and medication from historic to trendy times.

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Yet, in the adult animals, the liver, the organ with the highest known potential for self-regeneration following serious damage such as that induced by partial hepatectomy, is rarely involved in neoplasia in man but quite commonly in animals. 1), it does not spare even adult nervous and muscular tissues, which normally display features such as regular turning over of subcellular elements and ageing-related cell-loss but not cell division. e. in the sense of it being a disease of the type of intimate intercellular society that characterizes multicellular organisms only.

Of special importance to the present discussion were the unprecedented attempts made by the Greeks to systematize contemporary oncologic knowledge, as discussed below. 380 Be) and Galen of Pergamus (129-199 AD) the origin of all tumours was atrabilis, or black bile. This mysterious substance, together with blood, phlegm, and yellow bile, constituted their four body humours. These humours were equated with the four universal elements or stoicheia (air, earth, fire and water) of Greek philosophy, and also with its four qualities or dynameis (hot, cold, moist and dry).

A Boyle, and AT. Sanderson. N. L. Starkey, R. 626 Be) of the late Assyrian Empire. In India, at least fourteen distinct types of abdominal tumours alone have been described in the Charaka Samhita. g. in pitchers, of various diseases. Among the latter was a swelling over the right cheekbone, that has been interpreted as a malignant sarcoma (cf. Thorwald, 1962). In 1966, Urteaga and Pack described signs of malignant melanoma involving the skull and long bones in the fossilized remains of the pre-Columbian Incas of Peru.

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