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Article: History of cancer
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==Modern era==
In the 16th and 17th centuries, it became more acceptable for doctors to [[autopsy|dissect bodies]] to discover the cause of death. The German professor [[Wilhelm Fabry]] believed that breast cancer was caused by a milk clot in a mammary duct. The Dutch professor [[Francois de la Boe Sylvius]], a follower of [[Descartes]], believed that all disease was the outcome of chemical processes, and that acidic [[lymph]] fluid was the cause of cancer. His contemporary [[Nicolaes Tulp]] believed that cancer was a poison that slowly spreads, and concluded that it was [[infectious disease|contagious]].<ref name="Marilyn Yalom">
[[Marilyn Yalom]] "A history of the breast" 1997. New York: Alfred A. Knopf. ISBN 0-679-43459-3</ref>
The first cause of cancer was identified by British surgeon [[Percivall Pott]], who discovered in 1775 that cancer of the [[scrotum]] was a common disease among [[chimney sweep]]s. The work of other individual physicians led to various insights, but when physicians started working together they could draw firmer conclusions.
With the widespread use of the microscope in the 18th century, it was discovered that the 'cancer poison' eventually spreads from the primary tumor through the lymph nodes to other sites ("[[metastasis]]"). This view of the disease was first formulated by the English surgeon [[Campbell De Morgan]] between 1871 and 1874.<ref>{{cite journal |author=Grange JM, Stanford JL, Stanford CA |title=Campbell De Morgan's 'Observations on cancer', and their relevance today |journal=Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine|volume=95 |issue=6 |pages=296–9 |year=2002 |url=|pmid=12042378|doi=10.1258/jrsm.95.6.296 |pmc=1279913}}</ref> The use of [[surgery]] to treat cancer had poor results due to problems with hygiene. The renowned Scottish surgeon [[Alexander Monro (primus)|Alexander Monro]] saw only 2 breast tumor patients out of 60 surviving surgery for two years. In the 19th century, [[asepsis]] improved surgical hygiene and as the [[cancer survivor|survival]] statistics went up, surgical removal of the tumor became the primary treatment for cancer. With the exception of [[William Coley]] who in the late 19th century felt that the rate of cure after surgery had been higher ''before'' asepsis (and who injected bacteria into tumors with mixed results), cancer treatment became dependent on the individual art of the surgeon at removing a tumor. During the same period, the idea that the body was made up of various [[tissue (biology)|tissues]], that in turn were made up of millions of cells, laid rest the humor-theories about chemical imbalances in the body.
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Reporter: Anonymous (anonymous)
Date: Tuesday, the 26th of April 2016 at 08:05:04 PM
Status: Reported
Tuesday, the 26th of April 2016 at 08:05:04 PM #104105
Anonymous (anonymous)

Don't know if this is a false positive or not - what I do know is that I've never made any changes to the history of cancer, may not even have ever visited it, and don't remember making any changes to wikipaedia in the last few years. This message appeared when I visited the site - but is not for me