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Medicine and Care of the DyingA Modern History$
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Milton J. Lewis

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780195175486

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195175486.001.0001

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Cancer and Medicine in Historical Perspective

Cancer and Medicine in Historical Perspective

(p.81) 3 Cancer and Medicine in Historical Perspective
Medicine and Care of the Dying

Milton J. Lewis

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses the history of the approach of medicine to cancer, which is considered to be a paradigmatic example of medicine's great concern with advancing scientific knowledge. The historical understanding of cancer is first provided, followed by an attempt to determine whether cancer mortality is increasing or not. Various cancer researches conducted in countries all over the globe are examined, along with the development of cancer services and treatment.

Keywords:   cancer, understanding of cancer, cancer mortality, cancer researches, cancer services, cancer treatment

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