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Gynecologic Oncology

  • C. Thomas Griffiths
  • Arlan F. FullerJr.

Part of the Cancer Treatment and Research book series (CTAR, volume 10)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. John R. van Nagell
    Pages 63-79
  3. George S. Richardson, David T. Maclaughlin
    Pages 81-101
  4. Robert J. Kurman, Edmund S. Petrilli
    Pages 103-153
  5. Richard H. J. Begent, Kenneth D. Bagshawe
    Pages 155-186
  6. Robert C. Bast Jr., Robert C. Knapp
    Pages 187-226
  7. Alon J. Dembo, Raymond S. Bush
    Pages 263-298
  8. Robert D. Hilgers, Steven E. Bush, Francisco Ampuero
    Pages 299-311
  9. Charles E. Welander, John L. Lewis Jr.
    Pages 313-342
  10. George C. Lewis Jr., John Blessing, John R. Kellner
    Pages 343-384
  11. Back Matter
    Pages 385-389

About this book

Introduction

At the turn of the century gynecology had achieved independence from surgery in most medical schools; although gynecologists were surgeons, their interests were turning toward nonsurgical aspects of their specialty. In 1900, merely two years after the Curies' discovery, radium was first used as a treatment for carcinoma of the cervix. In that day cervical cancer claimed more women's lives than any other malignancy and was described by Wil­ liam P. Graves, the second professor of gynecology at Harvard as follows: 'Cancer of the cervix may rightly be termed of all tumors one of the most deadly and most ghastly. It kills by slow torture, causing in later stages months of agonizing pain and producing a discharge of such a foul and nauseating character as to repel proper medical assistance. Nurses declined to care for these cases, while many public hospitals closed their wards to them as patients. ' In late twentieth century parlance the dramatic results of radium therapy would indeed have been called a 'breakthrough'? and radium techniques, later combined with external irradiation, were devel­ oped by gynecologists, no longer just surgeons. Pathology was the basic science of gynecology and gynecologists with a special interest in pathology served as pathologist to the departments of gynecology. As late as 1970 six months of the three-year residency program in obstetrics and gynecology at Harvard were devoted to formal training in pathology.

Keywords

carcinoma cell clinical trial gynecology metastasis pain pathology surgery tumor

Editors and affiliations

  • C. Thomas Griffiths
    • 1
  • Arlan F. FullerJr.
    • 2
  1. 1.Harvard Medical SchoolBrigham and Women’s HospitalBostonUSA
  2. 2.Harvard Medical SchoolMassachusetts General HospitalBostonUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4613-3852-9
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag US 1983
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4613-3854-3
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4613-3852-9
  • Series Print ISSN 0927-3042
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