Introduction (The History of Cancer)

  • Janos Ladik
  • Wolfgang Förner


Cancer is older than mankind. S. U. Willinston, in the early 1920s, found a bone tumor on the skeleton of a dinosaur in Wyoming [1]. Since dinosaurs lived a long time before humans - in the Triassic, Cretaceous and Jurassic periods, while the first remains of humans can only be dated back to the end of the Tertiary period - cancer must have existed in the biosphere of the earth well before mankind evolved.


Bone Tumor Chemical Carcinogen Unicellular Organism Oxygen Metabolism Prokaryotic Cell 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Janos Ladik
    • 1
  • Wolfgang Förner
    • 1
  1. 1.Institut für Theoretische ChemieUniversität ErlangenErlangenGermany

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