By D. de Moulin
The 3rd Breast melanoma operating convention of the Breast melanoma Cooperative crew of the ecu association for learn on remedy of melanoma, to be held in Amsterdam on April 27-29, 1983, was once the main intent for scripting this ebook. It used to be feh brief overview of the most pathogenetic conceptions and healing rules that have awarded themselves in regards to mammary melanoma during Western historical past , can help to attract a extra entire photograph of the place we stand this present day. it's not effortless to come to a decision which principles, even though discarded, deserve but to be remembered and which authors from the prior could be thought of to be really consultant of the medical weather in their age. Twenty centuries have produced an excessive amount of principles and the variety of scientific authors who complicated, or rejected, or changed, or revived them, is de facto uncountable. So the historian has to make a selec tion and offerings are perforce subjective and open to feedback. In penning this publication i attempted to refer to unique resources within the unique language up to attainable. those resources weren't continuously strictly scientific considering I geared toward putting the matter of malignant breast sickness - which would function a paradigm of melanoma regularly - in a a little wider context. For the background of drugs isn't just a background of rules, but in addition that of individuals, of associations, of society.
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Thus, later in his life, the rich nerve supply of the breast gave Boerhaave (1744) the idea that 'liquor nervorum', the juice he believed to pass through tiny channe1s thought to exist in the nerves, might give rise to scirrhous growth when it mixed with fluid discharged by the mammary gland proper. 83 If there existed a number of different views on the development of scirrhus, there was no unanimity either as to how scirrhus, once established, could merge int0 cancer. Many adhered to the seventeenth-century notion that a particular 'acrimony' brought about the cancerous transformation.
The importance attached at the time to the cessation of menstruation is also illustrated by the common advice to correct any irregular menstruation, by appropriate diets and drugs, when treating young cancer patients. A causal connection was also widely believed to exist between haemorrhoids and mammary cancer, in that women who had suffered for a long time from bleeding piles - apparently a common ailment at that time - were also exposed to the danger of malignancy once bleeding had ceased, particularly if the blood had been dark.
It was Thomas Bartholin of Copenhagen (1616-80), a member of a family of distinguished anatomists, who in 1653 had introduced the designation 'vasa lymphatica' for the newly discovered systems of vessels. s6 The Latin word 'lympha' (clear spring water) was suggested to hirn on account of the clear, watery contents of these vessels. Bartholin believed that lymph was derived from blood through a process of straining or filtration. The word 'lymphaticus' was not entirely new, though. It occurs already in classicalliterature, signifying insane, beside oneself.
A short history of breast cancer by D. de Moulin