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A PRACTICAL QUARTERLY JOURNAL DEVOTED TO

BEST INTERESTS OF CANCER PATIENTS

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"No truth is trivial today but it may be sublime tomorrow, in the light of new ideas."-Ralph Waldo Emerson.

Fight on thou brave true heart, thru dark fortune and thru bright; the cause thou fightest for, in so far as it is just, is very sure of victory; the falsehood of it alone will be conquered; the truth of it is part of nature's own laws and cannot be conquered.-Carlyle: Sartor Resartus.

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"Brevity, indeed, upon some occasions, is real excellence."Cicero, Brut. 13.50.

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It is now 75 years since Virchow made the following statement: “The simple cellular catarrh, the pus formation of the ulcer, the mere hyperplasia, belong to the same category with cancer, tubercle and sarcoma. The general genetic principle,” he continued, “ is identical in all of them. They all have an active, irritative character.” In other words: Disease, generally speaking, is due to irritation. This is perhaps a platitudinous statement. But platitudes are apt to fall into oblivion and, then, their revival and untiring repetition become imperative.

For two generations, the ablest and most fertile minds have devoted their energies to unravelling the mysteries of the cancer problem. And the result of this concerted endeavor has been the discovery, heralded as novel and epoch-making, that cancer is due to chronic irritation. If science in labor needs decades to produce this tiny mouse of a stale tautology, the fact is revealed that throughout this period medical thinking had gone astray, and the assumption seems warranted that our methods of thinking are, perhaps, generally faulty.

That a disease is the result of irritation, is an undisputable premise. It is an axiom; hence, it need not be proved. That it has been proved, shows that the axiom was either doubted or forgotten. An author, summing up his views on the cancer problem, exclaims: "One thing is sure; cancer is caused by irritation !" Since every disease is due to irritation, his statement is tantamount to saying: Cancer is a disease. This much is sure. Such recondite pronouncements are the burthen of practically every survey

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* Read before the American Association for the Prevention and Cure of Cancer, Atlantic City, N. J., May 27, 1925.

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