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Hunter's conceptions of "cancer" are condensed within about a dozen pages in his Lectures on the Principles of Surgery. Nevertheless, within this small space are contained statements of facts that hold good today. This is particularly true of his views on the treatment and cure of cancer. The accuracy of his judgment is astonishing when we consider that it is based wholly upon the natural-history method of observation and deduction. That is, all that he knew of cancer was wholly clinical and from his clinical experiences he drew his conclusions. It was as if he mentally arranged his cases on
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JOHN HUNTER'S VIEWS ON CANCER. Ann Intern Med. 1928;2:222–227. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-2-2-222
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1928;2(2):222-227.
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