Robert J. Huebner, M.D.
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Both colds and cancers are traditionally regarded as cryptic entities almost transcending normal biologic concepts and requiring national foundations and "categorical" approaches for their eventual solution. Holy crusades to find the causes of these illnesses have invoked hypotheses from every source except the Delphic oracle and Macbeth's witches' cauldron; strange and often wonderful, they have furnished many interesting answers, but up to now no real solutions for either colds or cancers.
It now appears that viruses cause not only colds, but also certain cancers. To this extent they are simply infectious diseases, definable biologic entities subject to methods of inquiry
Huebner RJ. The James D. Bruce Memorial Lecture: Viruses, Common Colds and Cancer.. Ann Intern Med. 1964;60:733. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-60-4-733_3
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1964;60(4):733.
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