Originally published in German in 1907, this study by Dr. Jacob Wolff (1861–1938) describes the history of the science of cancer from antiquity to modern times. Now available in the English language from the first time, Wolff's work was the first volume of his monumental, four-volume Die Lehre Von Der Krebskrankheit Von Den Altesten Zeiten Bis Zur Gegenwart. The study has been recognized from the time of its original publication as a major contribution to the history of medicine. Drawing upon an extraordinary range of primary and secondary source materials, Wolff examined in detail the varied concepts which were followed in efforts to understand cancer, including the doctrine of black bile, the lymphatic theory, cellular pathology, embryonal theories, cell theories, and the parasite theory. Not only medical historians, but research oncologists, other biomedical scientists and physicians will fins Wolff's work to be a unique reference source in the search for understanding the etiology of cancer.
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