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The therapeutic attack on cancer is faced at the very outset with what seems to be an insurmountable barrier to its success; and that is shown in the essential nature of cancer itself. Cancer shows no tendency to spontaneous self-healing, as do all of the progressive chronic infective granulomas. Compared with tuberculosis, which in the great majority of cases shows a more or less decided tendency to spontaneous self-healing, there is on record no fully-proved and authentic instance of the spontaneous self-healing of any well-advanced or metastasizing cancer. This fact, in itself, places cancer in a category wholly apart by
THE NEWER THERAPEUTIC ATTACK ON CANCER*. Ann Intern Med. 1930;4:398–405. doi: https://doi.org/10.7326/0003-4819-4-4-398
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