The Evolution of Surgical Oncology

  • Antonio Mussa
  • Alberto Mobiglia
Part of the Updates in Surgery book series (UPDATESSURG)


Providing a description of the history of surgery, which is considered the main therapeutic option for a disease once absolutely incurable, is extremely complex. Cancer is the disease which perhaps more than any other summarises man’s past and present fears in the face of his own vulnerability — as claimed and described by Cosmacini and Sironi [1] in their book “Il male del secolo” (“The disease of the century”) which accurately portrays the history of tumor disease.


Tumor Disease Oncological Radicality Genetic Error Hair Cover Intestinal Suture 
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  1. 1.
    Cosmacini G, Sironi VA (2002) Il male del secolo. Per una storia del cancro. (The disease of the century. A history of cancer). Editore Laterza, Roma-BariGoogle Scholar
  2. 2.
    Cosmacini G (2003) La vita nelle mani. Storia della chirurgia. (Life in their hands. The history of surgery). Editori Laterza, Roma-BariGoogle Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Antonio Mussa
    • 1
  • Alberto Mobiglia
    • 1
  1. 1.Surgical Oncology UnitS. Giovanni Battista University HospitalTurinItaly

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