The Control of a Scourge: Or, How Cancer is Curable

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E.P. Dutton, 1907 - 299 pages
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Page 28 - Our troubled thoughts to distant prospects leap: Desirous still what flies us to o'ertake; For hope is but the dream of those that wake : But, looking back, we see the dreadful train Of woes anew, which were we to sustain," We should refuse to tread the path again.
Page 27 - ... matter of demonstration, it would be vain to deny that facts of a very convincing character, in respect of the agency of the mind in the production of this disease, are frequently observed. I have myself met with cases in which the connection appeared so clear and decisive, that to question its reality would have seemed a struggle against reason.
Page 27 - ... the cases are so frequent in which deep anxiety, deferred hope, and disappointment, are quickly followed by the growth or increase of cancer, that we can hardly doubt that mental depression is a weighty addition to the other influences that favour the development of the cancerous constitution.
Page 232 - It is my contention that all nurses, as part of their education, should be required to know as much at least about cancer as is contained in the pages of this book. It should form part of every nurse's armamentarium before she is turned loose on the public. It is not much : only a few simple facts, the significance of which, however, cannot be overestimated. With the possession of such knowledge, she would be equipped to take her place in the crusade against cancer, to act as a scout in the medical...
Page 27 - Much has been written on the influence of mental misery, sudden reverses of fortune, and habitual gloominess of temper on the deposition of carcinomatous matter. If systematic writers...
Page 70 - I will not say such a thing as cure is impossible, but it is so highly improbable that a hope of this occurring in any single instance cannot be reasonably entertained.
Page 62 - Our observations on animals show that malignant new growths are always local in origin and of themselves produce no evident constitutional disturbances whatsoever. These facts are in full accord with accumulated clinical experience in man.
Page 28 - Heberden's nodes" in the subjects of uterine and mammary cancer. Some authors attach great importance to grief, anxiety, and mental distress as causes of cancer, and they have adduced statistics in support of their belief. With regard to this, I can only say that the majority of cancer patients, whose life history I have investigated, appeared to me to have been less exposed to depressing influences of this kind, than most women of corresponding age in the general population.
Page 125 - Banks, what the results would be if all cancers were thoroughly excised when they were no bigger than peas, or, as I would prefer to say, when the disease is in its very early stage.
Page 25 - The conclusion was drawn that the great diversity of the habitat, food, and conditions of life generally under which malignant new growths occur, relegated the study of geographical distribution, climate, soil, and other external factors to a subsidiary position in determining the incidence of cancer in mankind.

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