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By C. Timmermann

The 1st finished historical past of lung melanoma from round 1800 to the current day; a narrative of medical professionals and sufferers, hopes and fears, expectancies and frustrations. the place such a lot histories of drugs specialise in growth, Timmermann asks what occurs whilst scientific development doesn't appear to make a lot distinction.

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When the cough continued and the pain in the back got worse, making it difficult for her to walk, she sought admission to the hospital. On admission she was found to be generally emaciated, anxious, her complexion sallow and with a pale-yellow tinge (symptoms that Taylor retrospectively thought to be typical of cancer). 35 Her pulse was frequent and rather small and soft. There was no swelling in the lower back, where the pain was most severe, but a tumour could be felt in the abdomen, which was apparently fixed to the vertebral column.

63 The autopsy, however, revealed that it was not the accident that had slowly killed the boy. ’ Curran sent a section of the tumour to a colleague, Dr Klein for examination under the microscope, quoting six lines of rather technical details from Dr Klein’s findings in his report without further 28 A History of Lung Cancer commenting on these. 64 But not only lung cancer was a rare occurrence: ‘the other instances of cancer that I have seen … were two of the liver, one of the parotid, and one of the testicle’.

His bronchitis had been worse over the winter and he had also felt pain in the right side of his chest for the previous four months. As part of the routine investigation the patient underwent a radiological examination, which revealed a shadow on the lung, indicative of a tumour. Over the next three weeks the patient was repeatedly examined by several experts, but no physical signs other than those of bronchitis and emphysema could be discovered (this illustrates how difficult it was to diagnose a tumour based alone on clinical signs).

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