THERAPEUTIC REVOLUTION The History of Medical Oncology from Early Days to the Creation of the Subspecialty

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Cancer is a disease responsible for several million annual deaths among humans, worldwide. However, advances in healthcare - which include breakthroughs in science and medicine as well as access to ...
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From Dinosaurs to the Dawn of Chemotherapy: A Brief Overview

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Pierre R. Band


A brief overview is presented, from early findings of malignant tumors to the beginning of modern chemotherapy. The humoral, lymphatic and cell theories of cancer are summarized, as well as major scientific developments and discoveries in medicine and oncology, such as anatomy, physiology and pathology, inhalation anesthesia, radiation and hormonal procedures. The contributions made by key scientists and physicians are emphasized.


Humoral theory, lymphatic theory, cell theory, anesthesia, radiation, hormonal procedures.


Faculty of Medicine, McGill University, Montreal, Quebec H3G 1Y6, Canada.